ROUNDY'S, SPARTAN IN PACT TO FORM NO. 3 WHOLESALER

PEWAUKEE, Wis. -- In a move that would create the nation's third-largest food wholesaler and that signals continued consolidation among distributors, Roundy's here and Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich., have agreed to merge. The combination of the two privately held cooperatives would create a $4.7 billion wholesaler that falls in at third-largest -- albeit a distant third -- behind Fleming Cos.,

PEWAUKEE, Wis. -- In a move that would create the nation's third-largest food wholesaler and that signals continued consolidation among distributors, Roundy's here and Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich., have agreed to merge. The combination of the two privately held cooperatives would create a $4.7 billion wholesaler that falls in at third-largest -- albeit a distant third -- behind Fleming Cos., Oklahoma City, and Supervalu, Minneapolis. Fleming's volume is $19.1 billion and Supervalu's is

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