NEW PRODUCTS PRESENT CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

LAS VEGAS -- A recent flood of new product introductions has created challenges for independent supermarkets even as it helps these stores find ways to overcome a no-growth environment, according to retailers participating in a panel here last week.The challenges arise because these stores are often smaller than their large chain and big-box retail competitors, making it harder for independents to

LAS VEGAS -- A recent flood of new product introductions has created challenges for independent supermarkets even as it helps these stores find ways to overcome a no-growth environment, according to retailers participating in a panel here last week.

The challenges arise because these stores are often smaller than their large chain and big-box retail competitors, making it harder for independents to find shelf space for new items.

At a general session during the National Grocer

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