WASHINGTON -- Top executives at two supermarket industry trade associations told SN last week that Food Lion should be commended for its willingness to defend itself. Nov. 5, 1992. Tim Hammonds, president of the Food Marketing Institute here, praised Food Lion for what he called "a courageous act; anytime you take on your critics, it requires courage. "Very often, people feel that when there's a negative story, the best thing to do is be quiet and hope it goes away. But with a clear ...

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