The retail food industry in this country isn't well known for investing in, or expanding into, other countries. There are exceptions to this. They include Wal-Mart Stores, H.E. Butt Grocery Co., Costco Cos. and others. But for the most part, American retailers in general, and supermarkets in particular, are a stay-at-home bunch.
It's easy to forget, though, that the reverse isn't true: Investment from outside the United States, particularly from Europe, has been flowing into this coun