LOVE OF THE LOAF

The booming artisan bread category is generating a lot more than just profits these days at supermarkets. It's also sparking controversy.One decision that caught the bakery industry's attention earlier this year sums up the current debate: Charlotte, N.C.-based Harris Teeter opted to significantly scale back its relationship with two local suppliers of fully baked artisan breads. Taking their place

The booming artisan bread category is generating a lot more than just profits these days at supermarkets. It's also sparking controversy.

One decision that caught the bakery industry's attention earlier this year sums up the current debate: Charlotte, N.C.-based Harris Teeter opted to significantly scale back its relationship with two local suppliers of fully baked artisan breads. Taking their place in the chain's stores are artisan breads from La Brea Bakery, the emerging Van Nuys, C

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