PANELISTS FAVOR IRRADIATION

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Retailers ought to take the risk and offer irradiated perishables to their customers, according to panelists at Connections 2002 here.Bill Robinson, vice president of merchandising for the Northwest region of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, said he anticipates that technology and food safety will change the complexion of supermarket perishables departments in the next three to five

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Retailers ought to take the risk and offer irradiated perishables to their customers, according to panelists at Connections 2002 here.

Bill Robinson, vice president of merchandising for the Northwest region of Minneapolis-based Supervalu, said he anticipates that technology and food safety will change the complexion of supermarket perishables departments in the next three to five years, with irradiated meat and produce expanding "in a big way."

Dale C. Henley

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