INDUSTRY MERGERS TRANSFORM TWO STATE GROUPS

A lot has changed in the 100 years since state food-merchant associations were formed in New York and Wisconsin. But, say executives of the associations, changes over the last half-dozen years have been as dramatic as any in their respective histories.Sweeping consolidation throughout the industry has changed the groups from largely social organizations of independent retailers into politically minded

A lot has changed in the 100 years since state food-merchant associations were formed in New York and Wisconsin. But, say executives of the associations, changes over the last half-dozen years have been as dramatic as any in their respective histories.

Sweeping consolidation throughout the industry has changed the groups from largely social organizations of independent retailers into politically minded trade associations whose memberships include multibillion-dollar corporations. Whil

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