LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It's now clear that the growth of store brands is more than a manifestation of a poor economy and that the growth trend will continue even as the economy improves. That observation was made by Rick Witherspoon, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Merico, Carrollton, Texas, at this month's National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association convention here. The observation was bolstered by new scanning data released by the Private Label Manufacturers ...

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