ZAANDAM, The Netherlands -- Ahold here said last week it will expand its U.S. operations into the area of institutional food service with the pending acquisition of U.S. Foodservice, Columbia, Md., the nation's second largest food-service distributor. Ahold said the acquisition will provide it with a second platform for growth and should prove "highly valuable" for its existing retail store base. "The synergies between food service and food retail are many, and we intend to exploit these ...

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