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EXECUTIVES AT KROGER CO., Cincinnati, and Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., said there is no truth to trade reports that they are discussing a possible acquisition of Ralphs by Kroger. Industry observers in southern California have speculated about a merger for several months.eral projects. Food Distributors International, Falls Church, Va., whose members supply food to the armed services, prisons

EXECUTIVES AT KROGER CO., Cincinnati, and Ralphs Grocery Co., Compton, Calif., said there is no truth to trade reports that they are discussing a possible acquisition of Ralphs by Kroger. Industry observers in southern California have speculated about a merger for several months.

eral projects. Food Distributors International, Falls Church, Va., whose members supply food to the armed services, prisons and other federal institutions, supports Lott's hardball tactics. In a statement, th

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