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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Affiliated Foods Southwest, the wholesaling cooperative based here, has beefed up its buying power with the addition of dozens of former customers of Fleming Cos.The new membership has AFS on track to crest the $1 billion sales threshold in the current fiscal year, and the additional buying power promises to give the co-op more clout in its battle against supermarket slayer Wal-Mart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Affiliated Foods Southwest, the wholesaling cooperative based here, has beefed up its buying power with the addition of dozens of former customers of Fleming Cos.

The new membership has AFS on track to crest the $1 billion sales threshold in the current fiscal year, and the additional buying power promises to give the co-op more clout in its battle against supermarket slayer Wal-Mart Stores, whose Bentonville, Ark., headquarters is just a three hours' drive from h

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