SEATTLE -- Associated Grocers here said it plans to roll out new programs this month that will pay retailers specified rates for credit allowances and reclamation fees for unsaleables rather than case-by-case returns and payouts. John Runyan, president and chief executive officer, said other wholesalers are testing similar programs for specific categories but AG will be the first in the U.S. to implement the programs for all departments. He said the programs are designed to reduce the cost ...

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