Vacuum-packaged meats and cheeses apparently are here to stay. Eight out of 11 retailers polled by SN said they've added more space in the past year for vacuum-packed, presliced products, and all said they see a bright future for the category. Among the major reasons retailers gave for the optimistic outlook include consumers' continued hunger for convenience and the fact that, due to the prolonged shelf life, more varieties of meats and cheeses can be offered without fear of shrink. ...

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