CHICAGO -- J. Richard Owens, Kroger Co.'s vice president of grocery merchandising and procurement, has three recommendations for private-label suppliers. ''Quality. Quality. Quality," Owens told an audience of retailers, manufacturers and brokers at the Private Label Manufacturers Association trade show here. Suppliers may want to heed Owens' advice, as Cincinnati-based Kroger is one of the top private-label retailers in the nation. "We are serious about private label at Kroger," Owens ...

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