The current surge in popularity of meat snacks has retailers cashing in on these salty, smoked products as they re-position the items within the center aisles of supermarkets and lasso in the profits. For years, the American perception of beef jerky was that of a 'cowboy's food,' popular only among fur traders and mountain men. However, recent statistics suggest that beef jerky doesn't just call the range home anymore. According to the Snack Food Association's 1999 State of the Industry ...

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