The alphabet soup of food industry trade associations has rescrambled itself several times over the past half century. In 1969, the National-American Wholesale Grocers' Association merged with with the U.S. Wholesale Grocers Association, and that organization's International Foodservice Association became NAWGA's food-service division. In 1996, NAWGA changed its name to Food Distributors International, now based in Falls Church, Va. The Supermarket Institute, Chicago, and the National ...

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