INDUSTRY MERGERS TRANSFORM TWO STATE GROUPS

A lot has changed in the 100 years since state food-merchant associations were formed in New York and Wisconsin. But, say executives of the associations, changes over the last half-dozen years have been as dramatic as any in their respective histories.Sweeping consolidation throughout the industry has changed the groups from largely social organizations of independent retailers into politically minded

A lot has changed in the 100 years since state food-merchant associations were formed in New York and Wisconsin. But, say executives of the associations, changes over the last half-dozen years have been as dramatic as any in their respective histories.

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