EDISON, N.J. -- Foodtown supermarkets gave away steak knives as part of a kitchen cutlery continuity promotion last month. A preliminary sales tabulation at the end of the promotion showed $150,000 in cutlery merchandise was sold at cost, according to Allan Weiss, merchandise manager at Alpine Distributors, a West Nyack, N.Y.-based nonfood division of Twin County Grocers, the Foodtown co-op warehouse here. Retailers marked up the cutlery merchandise 35%, according to Weiss. Under the ...

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