FOOD RETAILING SUMMIT

The notion of vertical trade channels is nearly obsolete. Supermarkets now compete against discount, drug, fast-food and white-tablecloth restaurants. And so on it goes with all channels of trade.That raises the fundamental question: What should be done about that? It was upon that question that the Inaugural SN Food Retailing Summit was convened last week in Palm Beach, Fla. Executives attending

The notion of vertical trade channels is nearly obsolete. Supermarkets now compete against discount, drug, fast-food and white-tablecloth restaurants. And so on it goes with all channels of trade.

That raises the fundamental question: What should be done about that? It was upon that question that the Inaugural SN Food Retailing Summit was convened last week in Palm Beach, Fla. Executives attending had a chance to hear from their counterparts responsible for several styles of trade, al

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