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By the numbers: Fresh convenience foods

Statistics on the explosion of fresh convenience food on the market for providing easy meal options for shoppers, including grab-and-go sandwiches and burritos, hot-table entrees, prepared salads and other healthy, ready-to-eat foods

There’s an explosion of fresh convenience foods on the market as shoppers looking for easy meal options pick up grab-and-go sandwiches and burritos, hot-table entrees, prepared salads and other healthy, ready-to-eat foods.

28 percent:  Projected growth of the fresh convenience-foods category from 2010 to 2014

$22 billion:  Total sales of fresh convenience foods in 2009

68 percent:  Amount of fresh convenience foods sold through supermarkets and grocery stores, despite inroads from club and convenience stores

50 percent:  Portion of total market sales that come from the deli

$6.3 billion:  Projected increase in sales of fresh convenience foods by 2012

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