Retailers See Fewer Opportunities for Forward Buys

With food-cost inflation up about 4% to 5% this year, retailers and wholesalers said they are passing along price increases to customers to varying degrees, based in part on how competitive the market is. And although some wholesalers said they are able to use forward buying of product to reduce their cost of goods when they are aware of pending price increases, many retailers said such tactics are

With food-cost inflation up about 4% to 5% this year, retailers and wholesalers said they are passing along price increases to customers to varying degrees, based in part on how competitive the market is.

And although some wholesalers said they are able to use forward buying of product to reduce their cost of goods when they are aware of pending price increases, many retailers said such tactics are increasingly difficult to execute.

Bryan Roberts, director of nonperishables at

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