BOXBOROUGH WOODS, Mass. -- In a highly competitive New England marketplace, independents and small chain supermarket operators are looking at nonfood as an essential element in their survival. "Right now nonfood has more bottom-line contribution than my meat department," Albert Lees 3rd, president of Lees Supermarket, Westport, Mass., told some 120 sales reps gathered here for a year-end meeting of Imperial Distributors, Auburn, Mass. To help the nonfood distributor achieve its sales goals ...

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