CHICAGO — The use of slow cookers to prepare meals is expected to grow by 16% over the next 10 years, while grilling will grow 11%, according to a report issued Monday by market research firm The NPD Group, based here. NPD’s “A Look Into the Future of Eating” report notes that stove tops and microwaves will continue to be the most common appliances used in meal preparation. “Just as it has done over the last three decades, the need for convenience in meal preparation will continue to grow ...

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