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In many ways, fresh food departments are in a great position heading into 2008. Sure, the price of fuel has led to rising transportation costs and to a surge in ethanol production that has sent the cost of corn and thus of meat, dairy and other products that use it soaring. But, those same rising fuel costs may be encouraging consumers to stay local when shopping for groceries. And concerns about

In many ways, fresh food departments are in a great position heading into 2008. Sure, the price of fuel has led to rising transportation costs and to a surge in ethanol production that has sent the cost of corn — and thus of meat, dairy and other products that use it — soaring. But, those same rising fuel costs may be encouraging consumers to stay local when shopping for groceries.

And concerns about fuel and energy conservation are just one of the many reasons that trends like the lo

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