PRODUCE SECTIONS URGED TO STRENGTHEN EFFICIENCY

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Every department in the supermarket is searching for ways to trim costs and boost efficiency.The produce department, viewed by some as slow to adapt to new ways of doing business, may be ahead of the game due to the need to move highly perishable products fast. Still, while there is cause for some back-patting, there is plenty of room to expand on the efficiencies inherent

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Every department in the supermarket is searching for ways to trim costs and boost efficiency.

The produce department, viewed by some as slow to adapt to new ways of doing business, may be ahead of the game due to the need to move highly perishable products fast. Still, while there is cause for some back-patting, there is plenty of room to expand on the efficiencies inherent in the produce business. That is the message that emerged from the joint annual produce

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