COMPETITION, CONSUMER ANXIETY LIMIT GROWTH

CHICAGO -- Pervasive consumer anxiety constrained supermarket sales growth in 2002 at a time when competition has never been fiercer, Food Marketing Institute told attendees at the annual FMI Show here last week.In order to succeed, FMI leaders called on supermarket operators to differentiate themselves from the competition and excel within a specific niche. Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive

CHICAGO -- Pervasive consumer anxiety constrained supermarket sales growth in 2002 at a time when competition has never been fiercer, Food Marketing Institute told attendees at the annual FMI Show here last week.

In order to succeed, FMI leaders called on supermarket operators to differentiate themselves from the competition and excel within a specific niche. Tim Hammonds, president and chief executive officer, FMI, also called on the industry to rethink its current pricing-and-promot

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