The pessimists are taking a look at the state of the national economy and focusing on the problems. But there are a lot of optimists in the food retailing industry. These people understand that the economic downturn will probably dampen overall consumer spending, but they find ways to play the environment to their strengths. One of the optimists is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Food Marketing Institute, Tim Hammonds, who discusses the FMI's upcoming Chicago convention in ...

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