LANDOVER, Md. -- With competition growing in several of its Northeast and Mid-Atlantic divisions, Ahold USA has been quietly strengthening its produce departments with a combination of new programs focusing on ripeness, local sourcing and an expansion of organic items. The shift was evident this month, as circulars from many Tops, Giant Food of Landover, Stop & Shop and Giant of Carlisle locations announced the "Orchard Perfect" program, which enjoyed a successful trial run last summer. ...

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