Industry CEOs Cautiously Optimistic Heading Into Second Half of Year

Industry CEOs Cautiously Optimistic Heading Into Second Half of Year

"The additional competition and the struggling economy make it hard to grow sales.” — Neil Berube, president and CEO of Associated Food Stores "It is still a very slow-growth situation." — Mike Needler Sr., chairman and CEO, Fresh Encounter “Our customers are continuing to grow share in their respective markets." — Jay Campbell, president and CEO, AG of Baton Rouge

Food retailers and wholesalers around the country have seen uneven results in the first half of the year, but for the most part are confident that their sales will continue to improve, or at least remain even as the economy lurches ahead.

In interviews last week with SN editors, operators cited a lack of food inflation as one factor inhibiting sales growth, and some also cited the impact of the payroll tax reinstatement on low-income shoppers.

“I think wh

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