FUEL-COST BLUES

While rising gasoline and natural gas prices weigh heavily on the budgets of most Americans, food distributors are grappling with the impact of soaring diesel fuel costs on their delivery operations.Gas prices have actually abated somewhat from a peak in excess of $3 per gallon in September to $2.48 per gallon as of Oct. 31, according to the Energy Information Administration, Washington. Diesel fuel

While rising gasoline and natural gas prices weigh heavily on the budgets of most Americans, food distributors are grappling with the impact of soaring diesel fuel costs on their delivery operations.

Gas prices have actually abated somewhat from a peak in excess of $3 per gallon in September to $2.48 per gallon as of Oct. 31, according to the Energy Information Administration, Washington. Diesel fuel prices dropped by 28 cents per gallon during the last week of October, settling at $2

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