CONSULTANT: FRESH-FOOD SUPPLIERS FACE GROWING TRADE FEES

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Fresh-food suppliers are rushing down a $30 billion aisle of trade fees that producers of packaged food already know all too well -- and it's time to decide what to pay for and what to reject, says a veteran Center Store consultant."If you're willing to pay it, they're willing to take it. That's the history of packaged goods," said Christopher W. Hoyt, founder and president of

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Fresh-food suppliers are rushing down a $30 billion aisle of trade fees that producers of packaged food already know all too well -- and it's time to decide what to pay for and what to reject, says a veteran Center Store consultant.

"If you're willing to pay it, they're willing to take it. That's the history of packaged goods," said Christopher W. Hoyt, founder and president of Hoyt & Co., a Stamford, Conn.-based packaged-food consulting firm. Packaged food "is

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