MEAT STUDY REVEALS DATA'S VALUE

CHICAGO -- When Minneapolis-based cooperative Fairway Foods and two of its retail members put their meat departments under the microscope earlier this year, they found a pricing system so full of holes that profit dollars were pouring out by the thousands.In a case study analysis aimed at discovering the sources of these leaks, Fairway and the retailers -- Coborn's Inc., St. Paul, Minn., and Lunds

CHICAGO -- When Minneapolis-based cooperative Fairway Foods and two of its retail members put their meat departments under the microscope earlier this year, they found a pricing system so full of holes that profit dollars were pouring out by the thousands.

In a case study analysis aimed at discovering the sources of these leaks, Fairway and the retailers -- Coborn's Inc., St. Paul, Minn., and Lunds Inc., Minneapolis -- learned the hard way that meat departments need to start gathering

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