MEAL MONEY

Nineteen ninety-seven has come and gone, and the supermarket industry still seeks the path to enlightenment on how to transform itself into America's home-meal replacer.It was a year that did see progress, mostly on behalf of individual companies and in the form of experimental formats, program makeovers, promising partnerships -- kernels of insight, maybe, but not the stuff of miracles.It was not

Nineteen ninety-seven has come and gone, and the supermarket industry still seeks the path to enlightenment on how to transform itself into America's home-meal replacer.

It was a year that did see progress, mostly on behalf of individual companies and in the form of experimental formats, program makeovers, promising partnerships -- kernels of insight, maybe, but not the stuff of miracles.

It was not for lack of effort. Most everyone -- from the biggest chains and wholesalers t

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