This week's cover story on the 25th anniversary of the Food Marketing Institute brings to mind one of the articles I most enjoyed writing at Supermarket News: a 1997 piece on FMI's 20th anniversary. What was special for me was that I got to interview 11 of the 12 former FMI chairmen who had served up to that time (Donald Schnuck had passed away in 1992). That opportunity was quite a thrill for a journalist fascinated by history. FMI's story and the quality of its leaders really came alive ...

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