NORTHBROOK, Ill. — While other channels of trade continue to eat into supermarkets’ share of the grocery industry, growth-format supermarkets such as Aldi, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are slowing the rate of decline, according to DSR Marketing Systems here. “Growth formats can no longer be described as ‘alternative formats’ … they are central to the future viability of the U.S. supermarket industry,” David S. Rogers, president of DSR, ...

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