Retailers and baby food -- a give-and-take relationship. Retailers give away baby food to draw young mothers; baby food takes away from the retailer's bottom line.
Although there are chains that do manage to make a profit, many retailers sell the strained products at, or dishearteningly below, cost. In some markets competition for the young parent has turned so fierce, the price of baby food has dropped to below 20 cents a jar. Here that crying? It ain't the baby.
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