All the years of effort that supermarket retailers have put into their prepared food departments finally seem to be paying off. In fact, supermarkets are expected to sell $25 billion worth of prepared food in 2008, according to recent data from Technomic, a Chicago-based restaurant consultancy. This strong showing should come as little surprise. This year, SN has reported on independents that have successfully expanded their catering operations, chains that are testing the appeal of ...

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