An addict is typically someone dependent on a drug, in denial and terrified of a harrowing withdrawal. There's an addiction in the supermarket industry, and it is dependence on supplier trade dollars. Many would agree that the trade allowance practice has pitfalls, but how bad is the problem? That topic was forcefully addressed a few weeks ago by Christian Haub, A&P's chairman, president and chief executive officer, who bluntly outlined how trade allowances have steadily eroded the ...

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