As the column below stipulates, the economy is entering a period of pessimism with the likely result to the food-distribution industry that consumers will trade down to less expensive product in a bid to spruce up household balance sheets. But, as it also points out, the economic blow delivered by penny-pinching consumers may be softened as consumers eschew costly trips to restaurants in favor of eating at home. Also, it might be pointed out, it's likely that trading-down consumers will ...

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