Supermarkets definitely have restaurant envy. For decades supermarket food-service departments have tried to compete with restaurants by becoming more like them. Yet too often retailers forgot their delis were actually housed within supermarkets.
Those burdened with this syndrome need to read this week's SN Roundtable on deli/meal trends (Page 14). Four panelists — representing retailers Hy-Vee, Big Y, Piggly Wiggly and Minyard's — offered fresh points of view about the opportunities