RETAILERS BATTLE RISING FUEL COSTS

Rising gas prices present challenges to be overcome while merger activities present opportunities for growth, top-level industry executives told SN on the eve of this week's Food Marketing Institute convention.With rapidly rising fuel prices top of mind, the executives said they are looking for more efficient ways to operate.John Runyan, president and chief executive officer of Associated Grocers

Rising gas prices present challenges to be overcome while merger activities present opportunities for growth, top-level industry executives told SN on the eve of this week's Food Marketing Institute convention.

With rapidly rising fuel prices top of mind, the executives said they are looking for more efficient ways to operate.

John Runyan, president and chief executive officer of Associated Grocers of Seattle, said his company is encouraging its retail members to optimize deli

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