REGIONAL PREFERENCE

National brands no doubt have an edge in the ice cream aisle, but regional selections are holding their own.The limited distribution of a regional ice cream can work in its favor because it provides an alternative for consumers, some retailers said."Customers seem to like having the option of buying a local product," said Susan Pieter, spokeswoman for Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine.Regional brands

National brands no doubt have an edge in the ice cream aisle, but regional selections are holding their own.

The limited distribution of a regional ice cream can work in its favor because it provides an alternative for consumers, some retailers said.

"Customers seem to like having the option of buying a local product," said Susan Pieter, spokeswoman for Hannaford Bros., Scarborough, Maine.

Regional brands of ice cream carried in Hannaford's stores include Deering and F

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