Supermarketers continue to build pet care centers to help boost sales in the dog-food category, and they are bringing in more special-diet varieties to win customers back from mass merchandisers and specialty retailers. More and more households in the United States own dogs. According to a survey conducted in 1998, by the Pet Food Institute, Washington, 38% of all households in the United States have one or more dogs. That's a lot of canines that need to be fed, and retailers are looking ...

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