CHANGING FORTUNES

Food companies come and they go, but rarely does a major industry player flame out and disappear as quickly and as surprisingly as Fleming did.As 2003 dawned, Fleming was the nation's No. 10 company on SN's Top 75 list, with estimated sales of $15.5 billion. But the bankruptcy filing by Kmart Corp., its largest single customer, in mid-January hurled Fleming into a financial spiral from which it couldn't

Food companies come and they go, but rarely does a major industry player flame out and disappear as quickly and as surprisingly as Fleming did.

As 2003 dawned, Fleming was the nation's No. 10 company on SN's Top 75 list, with estimated sales of $15.5 billion. But the bankruptcy filing by Kmart Corp., its largest single customer, in mid-January hurled Fleming into a financial spiral from which it couldn't recover, and after filing its own bankruptcy petition on April 1 and closing dist

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