FOOD LION READY TO ROAR

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion is on the prowl.After years of largely tending its own den, the $10.2 billion company is aggressively hunting for acquisition candidates to increase shareholder value.The company was a runnerup earlier this year to Ahold, based in the Netherlands, in seeking to buy Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J. -- a strong indicator that Food Lion, along with its parent, Delhaize "Le

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion is on the prowl.

After years of largely tending its own den, the $10.2 billion company is aggressively hunting for acquisition candidates to increase shareholder value.

The company was a runnerup earlier this year to Ahold, based in the Netherlands, in seeking to buy Pathmark Stores, Carteret, N.J. -- a strong indicator that Food Lion, along with its parent, Delhaize "Le Lion" Group, based in Brussels, is serious about becoming a major player

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