You didn't have to tune in to the Salt Lake City action in the past week to experience competition at its most extreme. There were graphic descriptions of the impact of competition on the food-retail playing field during the recent Credit Suisse First Boston Food and Drug Retail Conference held in New York. (Stories on presentations by top retail executives begin on Page 12.) How was the state of the supermarket business portrayed at the conference? Fleming's CEO Mark Hansen called the ...

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