SEATTLE — Associated Grocers here said last week it is scheduled to implement new programs this Saturday that will pay retailers specified rates for credit allowances and reclamation fees for unsaleables rather than case-by-case returns and payouts. Other wholesalers are testing similar programs for specific categories, but AG will be the first in the U.S. to implement the programs for all departments, said John Runyan, president and chief executive officer. “We considered doing selected ...

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