Pricing Pressures Seen Lingering

BARRINGTON, Ill. — Conventional food retailers and branded manufacturers are at risk of losing more share to nontraditional channels and to private label if they persist in passing along food-cost increases in an effort to build margins, according to a presentation last week. We're seeing a welcome embrace of inflation from both manufacturers and retailers, said Jim Hertel, managing partner at Willard

BARRINGTON, Ill. — Conventional food retailers and branded manufacturers are at risk of losing more share to nontraditional channels and to private label if they persist in passing along food-cost increases in an effort to build margins, according to a presentation last week.

“We're seeing a welcome embrace of inflation from both manufacturers and retailers,” said Jim Hertel, managing partner at Willard Bishop LLC, based here. “We believe this could be detrimental for both.”

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