May 11, 1981 nelists at a Food Marketing Institute convention workshop predicted the elderly consumer would be an increasingly important customer. The experts said supermarkets would have to learn how to cater to elderly customers over the age of 65, whose numbers were expected to mushroom from 24.1 million in 1981 to 31.8 million by the year 2000. National Retired Teachers Association and American Association of Retired Persons panelists said of the demographic group, "They need a ...

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