COMPETITION SEEN LIMITING RETAIL PRICE INCREASES

NEW YORK -- The current deflationary direction of wholesale food prices may be easing, as is shown by recent price increases from manufacturers, but competitive pressures may limit retailers' ability to boost price points, trade observers told SN last week.And, some predict, increased prices, coupled with a limited ability to pass them on, may prompt retailers to endeavor to increase their private-label

NEW YORK -- The current deflationary direction of wholesale food prices may be easing, as is shown by recent price increases from manufacturers, but competitive pressures may limit retailers' ability to boost price points, trade observers told SN last week.

And, some predict, increased prices, coupled with a limited ability to pass them on, may prompt retailers to endeavor to increase their private-label market share in high-velocity categories such as coffee, cookies and crackers.

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