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For many years, selection in the supermarket produce department was largely determined by domestic growing schedules and the ability of grower-shippers to speed ripe or near-ripe product to market. Like the seasons themselves, this was how the field of summer greens along the wet rack gave way to winter's bins of well-stacked citrus. The department was naturally limited by availability.Today's super-size

For many years, selection in the supermarket produce department was largely determined by domestic growing schedules and the ability of grower-shippers to speed ripe or near-ripe product to market. Like the seasons themselves, this was how the field of summer greens along the wet rack gave way to winter's bins of well-stacked citrus. The department was naturally limited by availability.

Today's super-size produce department of 500 or more stockkeeping units is certainly not the result

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