What's up with private equity money? Well, quite a bit, it seems. The thing is that there's so much private equity money seeking a place to work that seemingly every company in the food distribution business is being mentioned as a possible buyout candidate. Last week marked a high-water mark of sorts for this kind of talk when investors asserted that Kroger Co. was likely to be bought by a private equity fund. With that, Kroger's top executive made a rare public statement to the effect ...

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