Independents Promote Local Product as Differentiator

LAS VEGAS — Offering products that are grown or made locally can help differentiate independents while stimulating the local economy, retailers told a workshop session during the 30th annual convention of the National Grocers Association here.

“Companies like Kroger and Wal-Mart can try to buy local, but the independent operator should be able to do a much better job and succeed, without question,” Mike Needler Jr., president and chief executive officer of Fresh Encounter Co

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