KROGER JOINS RANKS AS GMDC EXPANDS

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Faced with industry consolidations, the General Merchandise Distributors Council is moving ahead to expand its membership among major food chains, wholesalers and service merchandisers.This month, Kroger Co. became the latest major chain to strengthen the association's ranks. GMDC hopes to recruit six to eight new companies a year, as it has each year for the past 12 years,

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Faced with industry consolidations, the General Merchandise Distributors Council is moving ahead to expand its membership among major food chains, wholesalers and service merchandisers.

This month, Kroger Co. became the latest major chain to strengthen the association's ranks. GMDC hopes to recruit six to eight new companies a year, as it has each year for the past 12 years, according to Rick Tilton, GMDC's president.

Over the next several years, the

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