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We investigate incumbent brands' response to entry and increased competition in a large retail setting. We extend the nonprice competition and manufacturer stocking literatures by examining if incumbent brands increase quality, specifically increasing the number of varieties (product-line length), in response to entry of a new local brand in the ice cream market. We use the entry of a new, local, super-premium ice cream brand in a large supermarket chain as a quasi-natural experiment anddoi:10.1017/age.2021.5 fatcat:bp5rmae6gvdbbibhe33oxaxoka