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BALTIMORE - As the top buyer of fresh foods in the country, Wal-Mart Stores faces enormous challenges managing perishable departments, an official with the chain said.Bruce Peterson, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of perishables, discussed the effort involved in selling fresh foods at a breakfast session at the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association's Fresh-Cut Expo here."I've

BALTIMORE - As the top buyer of fresh foods in the country, Wal-Mart Stores faces enormous challenges managing perishable departments, an official with the chain said.

Bruce Peterson, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of perishables, discussed the effort involved in selling fresh foods at a breakfast session at the International Fresh-Cut Produce Association's Fresh-Cut Expo here.

"I've worked in the supermarket business for 36 years and I've watched the ev

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