PALM DESERT, Calif. -- Suppliers should not turn away from the supermarket industry that has historically supported them in favor of newer formats, Jack Brown, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Stater Bros. Markets, Colton, Calif, said here last week. In a retailer keynote address at last week's convention of the Western Association of Food Chains -- to an audience composed primarily of national and regional manufacturers -- Brown said, "Our supermarkets and your companies ...

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