COOKIN' TO COMPETE

These days, many "culinary-driven" food retailers are not just competing with each other, but with restaurants as well.The prize: time-starved consumers who are increasingly willing to spend money on meals prepared outside the home. In many markets, these shoppers are snapping up sophisticated prepared meal options from food retailers, including sushi and restaurant-style entrees like pecan-encrusted

These days, many "culinary-driven" food retailers are not just competing with each other, but with restaurants as well.

The prize: time-starved consumers who are increasingly willing to spend money on meals prepared outside the home. In many markets, these shoppers are snapping up sophisticated prepared meal options from food retailers, including sushi and restaurant-style entrees like pecan-encrusted salmon served with a starch and vegetable.

But to compete for this shopper,

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