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In the immediate days leading up to IDDBA’s annual confab that’s poised to get under way this weekend in Atlanta, I’m pumped to present a preview of the hot-off-the-press findings of Progressive Grocer’s 2009 Deli and Bakery Operations Reviews.

Unlike other category-specific surveys in the marketplace, our exclusive, retailer-driven “annual state of the deli and bakery” reports are a hallmark of our brand’s rich legacy of providing readers with reliable, in-depth industry intelligence.

Painstakingly compiled from the collective input of retail perishables executives from around the country, our annual “deli and bakery ops reviews” cover the critical issues that are on the minds of the average supermarket deli and bakery executive on a daily basis, including same-store sales performance, leading departmental challenges, labor considerations and fastest-selling items.

As part of our ongoing mission to communicate and educate the trade in a variety of ways beyond our tried-and-true print-only vehicle, this first-ever digital preview of our annual deli and bakery studies aptly underscores our commitment to enhancing and expanding our toolbox via our Web site, interactive webcasts, face-to-face events and, of course, our sleek and sustainable “digital book” that provides a speedier, more interactive version of our print edition.

As I’ve noted in previous postings, we will continue to invest in listening to what kind of information our core audience of grocery executives needs -- as well as what format you want to receive it in. As always, I welcome your feedback ([email protected]), and look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!