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Getting Prepared

Grabbing a prepared meal from the deli has come a long way from its roots in corned beef on rye. Today, deli prepared foods represent more than $20 billion in sales, according to 52-week data […]

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Pursuing Private Label

Traditionally, private label products in supermarkets have not been designed to be distinctive. In fact, Eunkyu Lee, professor of marketing at New York’s Syracuse University, says private labels have long aimed to imitate well-known national […]

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Sell more DELI dinners-To-Go

It’s 4 p.m. What’s for dinner? This is the question that resonates with consumers across the nation. It’s no wonder! Eighty percent of Americans ate dinner daily in 2020, versus 67% for lunch and 63% […]

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Snacks Are the New Meals

Snacks are becoming the new meals as consumers look to eat in convenient smaller quantities rather than sit down together for more extended mealtime gatherings with family, friends or co-workers. And producers expect consumers venturing […]

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A Changing Category

Hummus—that wonderful spread made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and salt—is so versatile that retailers successfully market it as a dip, spread and cooking ingredient. Twenty six percent of U.S. households purchase hummus, according to Statista, […]

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A Lunchtime Education

Packing lunches for back-to-school is nothing new. In fact, school lunch menus and tips for preparing these kid-friendly mobile meals first appeared in American cookbooks at the end of the 19th century, according to an […]

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The Trend in Eating Responsibly

Walk into the deli department of a Whole Foods Market, and ethical selections—those products that are better for you, better for the planet and better for the workers that produce them—are everywhere. For example, find […]

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Rise of Mediterranean Foods

Mediterranean-style foods continue to be some of the fastest growing items in the deli department, and much of this growth is rooted in trends that extend outside the grocery store, such as is in quick-serve […]

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Starting at the Beginning

Small bites served to whet the appetite before a meal have been a menu favorite for a couple of millennia. The ancient Romans, for example, began their banquets with tasty tidbits like seasoned eggs, cheese […]