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ALBANY, Calif. -- For the past year, Andronico's has been part of Our Kitchen, a consortium of Bay Area retailers that has developed its own line of sauces, cheeses, soups and baked goods. The group is working on adding a line of milk and packaged deli meats, "all aimed at lowering our costs," said Bill Andronico, president and chief executive officer."We're also in the exploratory stage of trying

ALBANY, Calif. -- For the past year, Andronico's has been part of Our Kitchen, a consortium of Bay Area retailers that has developed its own line of sauces, cheeses, soups and baked goods. The group is working on adding a line of milk and packaged deli meats, "all aimed at lowering our costs," said Bill Andronico, president and chief executive officer.

"We're also in the exploratory stage of trying to develop a just-in-time delivery system on some categories, and while we're not sure

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