SPOTLIGHT ON COSMETICS

Cosmetics, often difficult for supermarkets given the category's number of stockkeeping units and slow inventory turns, are beginning to command a presence at some stores.Industry observers point out that the rampant consolidation among mass-market retailers has left fewer chains for manufacturers to sell to -- leaving the door open to cultivate food stores."It is an interesting time for the food

Cosmetics, often difficult for supermarkets given the category's number of stockkeeping units and slow inventory turns, are beginning to command a presence at some stores.

Industry observers point out that the rampant consolidation among mass-market retailers has left fewer chains for manufacturers to sell to -- leaving the door open to cultivate food stores.

"It is an interesting time for the food channel as the lines between mass and food outlets are becoming more blurred,"

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