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Rank & Year
First frozen TV dinner
Introduced by Swanson
First home model of microwave oven
Introduced by Tappan
First in-store pharmacy
Opened in Baltimore by Giant Food
First case-ready fresh poultry product
Introduced by a cooperative wholesaler in Mississippi for delivery to local stores
First use of scanning
At a Marsh supermarket in Dayton, Ohio
First membership warehouse club
A Price Club in San Diego
First loyalty marketing card
Issued by Ukrop's Super Markets, Richmond, Va.
First Wal-Mart combination food and discount store
Opened in Dallas
Food labeling in its present form is mandated
By Food and Drug Administration, Washington
First chain to offer irradiated fresh ground beef
as a private label in all its locations
Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y.
Source for list: Compiled by SN editors from extensive industry research and feedback.