CHICAGO - Supermarkets and other retailers are ramping up their meals programs in a renewed effort to compete with restaurants, Technomic researchers said. New and expanded meal offerings are putting emphasis on quality and variety, and are integrating trends such as ethnic foods and signature items that are shaping restaurant menus. “Whole Foods probably deserves most of the credit for spawning this new interest among retailers,” Ron Paul, Technomic‘s president, said in a statement to the ...

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