METRO DRAWS A SUIT WITH OWN-LABEL BEER

MONTREAL (FNS) -- Metro-Richelieu here has begun to sell private-label beer in its supermarkets, despite a court challenge by Molson and Labatt, Canada's two largest breweries.Metro introduced Norois Premium beer earlier this month in more than 700 of its retail outlets. Metro said it has confidence in its interpretation of the law, which the chain says allows it to sell private-label beer. Molson

MONTREAL (FNS) -- Metro-Richelieu here has begun to sell private-label beer in its supermarkets, despite a court challenge by Molson and Labatt, Canada's two largest breweries.

Metro introduced Norois Premium beer earlier this month in more than 700 of its retail outlets. Metro said it has confidence in its interpretation of the law, which the chain says allows it to sell private-label beer. Molson and Labatt, both based in Toronto, claim the move is illegal under the existing alcohol

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