SEATTLE -- The QFC chain, based in Bellevue, Wash., has eliminated or drastically cut back on local vendors' products, reportedly telling one that the chain wants to deal only with national brands that pay slotting fees. Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream, Caffe Appassionato whole-bean coffee, salad dressings from high-end eatery Szmania's and Vitamilk Dairy no longer have the presence they did before the 84-store chain was acquired by Fred Meyer Inc. of Portland, Ore., and then by ...

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