When moms or dads are putting together an entree for their family, it helps to have someone else take care of the sides. As a result, shoppers have been snapping up refrigerated side dishes at a healthy clip during the past three years.
The $1.4 billion category demonstrated its resilience during the recession, as shoppers cut back on dining out, and looked for easy ways to make family meals at home. Dollar sales were up 9.6% in 2007, 6.5% in 2008 and 4% in 2009. Although it may appea