The demand for specialty food products has spread beyond the rarefied confines of the cosmopolitan kitchen, stimulating the growth of gourmet private label lines. However, a certain lack of clarity remains, and the term "gourmet private label" can be hard to define. At the southern California based-Trader Joe's, the segment comes to fruition. While several major chains have established lines of their own -- Kroger, Harris Teeter and the Canadian Loblaw Cos., to name a few -- gourmet private ...

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