The biggest news of the past year for some sales agencies may not have been the breakup of Albertsons, but instead the ongoing centralization of procurement by Kroger, according to some third-party firms that service the chains. The recently completed sale of Albertsons, Boise, Idaho, to Minneapolis-based Supervalu and a group led by New York-based Cerberus can be seen as a sort of de-consolidation, they said, unlike the supermarket consolidation and centralization of procurement that drove ...

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