Flickers of Holiday Hope Among Food Retailers

The year-end holidays, it seems, may be moderately merry for supermarket operators. Interviews with food retailers and wholesalers last week indicate that consumers might be ready to start shaking off the economic chill of the past two years and warming up to a little more holiday indulgence. Overall, we feel the holiday season is going to be a good one, said Jay Campbell, president and chief executive

The year-end holidays, it seems, may be moderately merry for supermarket operators.

Interviews with food retailers and wholesalers last week indicate that consumers might be ready to start shaking off the economic chill of the past two years and warming up to a little more holiday indulgence.

“Overall, we feel the holiday season is going to be a good one,” said Jay Campbell, president and chief executive officer, Associated Grocers of Baton Rouge, La. “We feel the restaurant i

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