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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The emergence of fresh foods as the dominant hallmark in today's modern supermarket has its genesis in market forces well beyond retailers' control, namely, the consolidation of regional players into national chains. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, the concept of freshness and quality has assumed new significance as a strategy that can not only protect margins, but cultivate

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The emergence of fresh foods as the dominant hallmark in today's modern supermarket has its genesis in market forces well beyond retailers' control, namely, the consolidation of regional players into national chains. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, the concept of freshness and quality has assumed new significance as a strategy that can not only protect margins, but cultivate an operator's profile by distinguishing it as a destination. There are numerous challenges

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