PRIVATE-LABEL GROWTH IS SPURRING OPTIMISM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- These are heady days for private-label suppliers and retailers.Their optimism showed through at the Private Label Manufacturers Association's leadership conference in mid-March. In speeches and panel discussions, the industry's leaders scoffed at recent claims that store-brand growth plateaued last year.In addition, industry consultants took the conference podium to predict more

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- These are heady days for private-label suppliers and retailers.

Their optimism showed through at the Private Label Manufacturers Association's leadership conference in mid-March. In speeches and panel discussions, the industry's leaders scoffed at recent claims that store-brand growth plateaued last year.

In addition, industry consultants took the conference podium to predict more growth in 1994 and a leadership role for private label in making produc

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