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CHICAGO -- For operators of independent supermarkets, introducing food-service-type home-meal replacement programs can be daunting, especially when it means sinking scarce resources into a risky competition with restaurant chains already carving out pieces of their business.The Independent Grocers Alliance here saw both the risks, and the reasons to take them, and as a result is now offering its members

CHICAGO -- For operators of independent supermarkets, introducing food-service-type home-meal replacement programs can be daunting, especially when it means sinking scarce resources into a risky competition with restaurant chains already carving out pieces of their business.

The Independent Grocers Alliance here saw both the risks, and the reasons to take them, and as a result is now offering its members a modular program that IGA officials say can smooth the transition to food servic

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