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NEW YORK -- Large food-retail and wholesale companies are identifying niche growth opportunities in an environment marked by extreme competition and little-or-no industrywide growth.Top corporate executives speaking at the Credit Suisse First Boston Food and Drug Retail Conference here said their companies are pursuing initiatives such as collaborative programs with suppliers, value retail formats,

NEW YORK -- Large food-retail and wholesale companies are identifying niche growth opportunities in an environment marked by extreme competition and little-or-no industrywide growth.

Top corporate executives speaking at the Credit Suisse First Boston Food and Drug Retail Conference here said their companies are pursuing initiatives such as collaborative programs with suppliers, value retail formats, local marketing, private-label expansion and emerging product categories.

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