ATLANTA -- The effects of retail consolidation on grower/shippers is very much a story waiting to be told, as the current chapter is still being written, according to a panel of industry veterans at Fresh Summit '99 here, the annual convention of the Produce Marketing Association, Newark, Del. What disturbs suppliers is not that less produce is being sold -- consumption is increasing -- but there are fewer people and companies to sell it to. According to Ed McLaughlin, a professor of ...

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