One veteran retailer I recently spoke with recalled that early deli departments got what everyone else didn't want. In fact, the deli was basically created to sell the luncheon meats and cheeses (and even rotisserie chicken) that were kicked out of the service meat case. Today's deli is getting a lot more respect. These days, it's not uncommon for deli buyers to get calls from produce processors eager to pitch their fresh-cut snack products. And, there's even talk of moving some ...

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