The end of the 20th century is now in view. And, if the activity level of the year just past is much of an indicator, the year to come will be a dynamic time too, which would usher out the nineteen hundreds with a big flourish. Among the safe bets for the coming year is that retail consolidation will continue, the number of retail channels selling food will increase and technology concerns will remain paramount. But the question remains, what will these ongoing trends -- and others -- mean ...

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