MILK RULE IRKS RURAL NORTH DAKOTA GROCERS

BISMARCK, N.D. (FNS) -- Independent grocery operators in North Dakota are upset about a new milk rule that they say will boost retail milk prices and push more shoppers out of rural community stores.The rule, set in motion by the North Dakota Milk Marketing Board, here, this summer, says that private haulers can deliver milk to supermarkets as long as the stores buy at least 45 cases. Previously,

BISMARCK, N.D. (FNS) -- Independent grocery operators in North Dakota are upset about a new milk rule that they say will boost retail milk prices and push more shoppers out of rural community stores.

The rule, set in motion by the North Dakota Milk Marketing Board, here, this summer, says that private haulers can deliver milk to supermarkets as long as the stores buy at least 45 cases. Previously, milk was delivered primarily through distributors contracted by milk producers such as L

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