WHOLESALERS SAID TO FACE FOOD-SERVICE HEAT

WASHINGTON -- Wholesalers are facing "one of the most complex undertakings imaginable" as they attempt to offer meal solutions in competition with restaurants, Bill Dowd, president and chief operating officer of Fleming Cos., Oklahoma City, said in a presentation here last week.Wholesalers, who "are fundamentally good at one thing, being middlemen," will need to redirect their efforts as a confrontation

WASHINGTON -- Wholesalers are facing "one of the most complex undertakings imaginable" as they attempt to offer meal solutions in competition with restaurants, Bill Dowd, president and chief operating officer of Fleming Cos., Oklahoma City, said in a presentation here last week.

Wholesalers, who "are fundamentally good at one thing, being middlemen," will need to redirect their efforts as a confrontation develops between the traditional retail/wholesale side of the industry and the fo

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