It has not been an easy year. The United States endured its worst recession in decades, national unemployment topped 10% and businesses throughout the country went bankrupt as consumers slashed spending to cope with the downturn. Supermarkets were spared the worst of it. People have to eat, and in difficult times, many shoppers opted to dine out less and eat at home more to save money. Looking forward to 2010, there are many hopeful signs that the economy has stabilized and will begin ...

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