COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The supermarket industry could in the next five years see the emergence of several global powerhouses as expanding European companies, such as Belgium's Delhaize and the Netherlands' Ahold, merge with such major U.S. companies as Albertson's, Boise, Idaho; Kroger Co., Cincinnati, and Safeway, Pleasanton, Calif., according to a recent report from the PricewaterhouseCoopers Retail Intelligence System. aphic scope. The report offered five scenarios of how consolidation could ...

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