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As Delicatessen (in Switzerland is partly the somewhat broader term Delicacies , French for edibles in use) are special or chosen with special care foods referred that do not belong to the everyday needs such as caviar , frog legs , snails , oysters , champagne or exotic vegetables and fruits . Delicatessen products are prepared foods of special quality such as fine salads ( Waldorf salad , poultry salad ), pies , seasoned sauces and mayonnaise , selected cheeses and meat products as well as some ready-made dishes such as ragout fin or fricassee . Well-stocked fish and seafood departments, which often exceed the standard offer of a fishmonger, are also included.

The term “delicatessen” - like the similar “ delicacy ” - cannot be defined more precisely and is not regulated by law, so it can be used for advertising as desired. Only for “ delicatessen salads ” are there binding guidelines in the German Food Book.

Delicatessen products are offered in all branches of the food retail trade, especially in the so-called delicatessen and delicatessen trade. In general grocery stores such as supermarkets , delicatessen items are often presented separately. For the discerning gastronomy, there are delicatessen wholesalers who buy and sell particularly high quality food and products.


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