REGIONAL CHAINS BECOME BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS

Consolidation appears to have moved onto the front burner this year, but the recent acquisitions of several midsized, regional chains don't necessarily signify a trend, observers said.David Schoeder, principal, The Food Partners, Washington, said that the recent acquisitions of Minyard's and Fiesta Mart in Texas, Victory Supermarkets in New England and Bristol Farms in Southern California were aberrations,

Consolidation appears to have moved onto the front burner this year, but the recent acquisitions of several midsized, regional chains don't necessarily signify a trend, observers said.

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