Esther Peterson -- the consumer and labor activist -- has died, and with her has gone one of the truest friends the food-retailing industry ever had. That her epitaph could include anything even close to the idea that she was a "friend of food retailing" is both a tribute to Mrs. Peterson and illustrative of how the industry has changed in the past generation or so. (See Page 1.) Mrs. Peterson started her long career as a teacher, thereby coming to know garment workers and other laborers. ...

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