MEAT MOVES

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- The move to upscale private-label products throughout the store has entered supermarkets' meat departments. Major players, including Safeway, Albertson's and Kroger, are changing their labeling and packaging, and stressing the quality of their fresh and processed meats."Packaging of corporate brands has improved dramatically -- in some cases, it is better than the [national]

PORTLAND, Ore. (FNS) -- The move to upscale private-label products throughout the store has entered supermarkets' meat departments. Major players, including Safeway, Albertson's and Kroger, are changing their labeling and packaging, and stressing the quality of their fresh and processed meats.

"Packaging of corporate brands has improved dramatically -- in some cases, it is better than the [national] brands," said Russ Wolfe, senior vice president of perishables at Topco Associates, th

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