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The supermarket industry gathers in Chicago this week for the annual Food Marketing Institute convention. Beyond the official agenda of seminars and speeches, there's always a hot topic that everybody talks about. Most often, this subject takes the form of a threat to the grocery business. The hot topic for many years has been Wal-Mart. Everybody has always referred to this threat collectively as

The supermarket industry gathers in Chicago this week for the annual Food Marketing Institute convention. Beyond the official agenda of seminars and speeches, there's always a hot topic that everybody talks about. Most often, this subject takes the form of a threat to the grocery business. The hot topic for many years has been Wal-Mart. Everybody has always referred to this threat collectively as "other classes of trade," or "alternate trade channels." But it was Wal-Mart all along that ev

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