RETAILERS FIND EAGER CUSTOMERS FOR COMFORT FOOD

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Call it a sign of the times. Right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, food industry observers predicted consumers would cut down on restaurant visits, reduce overall spending and seek out traditional food that reminded them of simpler times.They were right. Around the country, smart retailers have been quick to respond to the demand, though the switch has been somewhat more

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Call it a sign of the times. Right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, food industry observers predicted consumers would cut down on restaurant visits, reduce overall spending and seek out traditional food that reminded them of simpler times.

They were right. Around the country, smart retailers have been quick to respond to the demand, though the switch has been somewhat more difficult for specialty food sellers, whose extravagant, premium-priced offerings migh

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