CHICAGO -- The food retail industry continues to benefit from a strong economy as it posts solid financial performance numbers. But increasing competitive threats and slow growth after discounting for inflation are warnings that big challenges remain. That was the scenario laid out by Michael Sansolo, senior vice president of the Food Marketing Institute, Washington, during the FMI's annual convention here last week. In his Speaks 2000 presentation, Sansolo said 1999 was a banner year for ...

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