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Groups Worry Historic Commissary Reforms Could Fail

December 29, 2016

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Commissaries will for the first time try to make a profit by selling to military shoppers as part of a new business model being rolled out to save the global chain of 238 stores, which has seen falling sales for four years straight and is facing increasing pressure to slash its budget.

Commissary-brand pasta sauce or breakfast cereal? It could be a reality for military shoppers next year.

New products with commissary labels along with new pricing on staples such as bananas, milk and soda are set to begin hitting store shelves in May. About 1,000 new items will be rolled out by the end of 2017.

The changes will mean new choices and some deals for shoppers. But they also signal a profound transformation of commissaries behind the scenes — a shift that groups representing troops and manufacturers worry could fail and imperil the on-base supermarkets.

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