NORTHEAST DELIS FACE DEMANDING SHOPPERS

BOSTON -- Leaner products, more convenience, top quality -- all at lower prices -- are what New England consumers were looking for in meat and deli departments this past year.That tall order was described by retailers informally polled by SN earlier this month at the annual Taste Show of the New England Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, which was held at the Bayside Exposition Center here.An executive

BOSTON -- Leaner products, more convenience, top quality -- all at lower prices -- are what New England consumers were looking for in meat and deli departments this past year.

That tall order was described by retailers informally polled by SN earlier this month at the annual Taste Show of the New England Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, which was held at the Bayside Exposition Center here.

An executive with one of the nation's leading wholesale companies, who asked not to be nam

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