FOOD-SERVICE DISTRIBUTION FACES COST-STRUCTURE CHALLENGE

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The expense structure faced by the food-service distribution industry -- expenses that are substantially higher than those of dry-goods distribution -- call into question the very existence of the business.And, said Richard J. Schnieders, senior vice president, merchandising services and multiunit sales, Sysco Corp., Houston, the expense problem is exacerbated by manufacturers

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- The expense structure faced by the food-service distribution industry -- expenses that are substantially higher than those of dry-goods distribution -- call into question the very existence of the business.

And, said Richard J. Schnieders, senior vice president, merchandising services and multiunit sales, Sysco Corp., Houston, the expense problem is exacerbated by manufacturers who tend to treat grocery and food-service distribution as if they were ide

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