RETAILER PREDICTS GROWTH SPURT FOR PRODUCE DEPARTMENT

ATLANTA -- Total store sales may be headed for a flat future, but produce sales will enjoy lively growth as consumers focus on healthier food.At least that's the way Jim Richter, director of produce merchandising for Marsh Supermarkets, Indianapolis, sees it.Richter offered this and other predictions for the fresh produce department to a packed house during a seminar dubbed "Produce 2000," at the

ATLANTA -- Total store sales may be headed for a flat future, but produce sales will enjoy lively growth as consumers focus on healthier food.

At least that's the way Jim Richter, director of produce merchandising for Marsh Supermarkets, Indianapolis, sees it.

Richter offered this and other predictions for the fresh produce department to a packed house during a seminar dubbed "Produce 2000," at the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association's convention here.

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