BRAVING ATLANTA

More than the Olympics and the summer sun are heating up Atlanta. The contest for a chunk of this growing and increasingly sophisticated market for fresh meals is pitting powerful supermarket chains against each other -- as well as competitors ranging from trendy restaurants to corner gas stations. It's a microcosm of the nationwide prepared-foods battle that lies ahead, and SN surveys the field as

More than the Olympics and the summer sun are heating up Atlanta. The contest for a chunk of this growing and increasingly sophisticated market for fresh meals is pitting powerful supermarket chains against each other -- as well as competitors ranging from trendy restaurants to corner gas stations. It's a microcosm of the nationwide prepared-foods battle that lies ahead, and SN surveys the field as part of its new weekly Fresh Meals section, starting on Page 19.