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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Home-meal replacement is as big a deal in Japan as it is here.The comfort food, Japanese-style, may be spicy fish and tofu instead of meat loaf and pot pies, but the demand is there for a "home-cooked" meal, and supermarkets are busy trying to give consumers what they want, according to Marvin Spira, executive director of the Eastern Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association here.Spira

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Home-meal replacement is as big a deal in Japan as it is here.

The comfort food, Japanese-style, may be spicy fish and tofu instead of meat loaf and pot pies, but the demand is there for a "home-cooked" meal, and supermarkets are busy trying to give consumers what they want, according to Marvin Spira, executive director of the Eastern Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association here.

Spira just returned from Japan, where he was invited as a U.S. industry expe

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