SEATTLE -- Associated Grocers here, wholesaler to about 340 independent grocery stores, stocked up on baking supplies to meet anticipated increased demand for the holidays, claiming that 30% of baking sales are transacted in November and 40% in December. "There's a little spike at Eastertime, but nothing like fourth quarter," said Kathryn Brumble, baking category manager for Associated Grocers. The company increased its supplies of chocolate chips, sugars, flours, spices, nuts, jellied ...

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