Trade-relations issues have landed back on the food-distribution industry's plate with a big thud, and at the center of the plate is Fleming Cos. The imbroglio centered on Fleming has been the substance of the leading news article in the past two issues of SN, as well as a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 5. At the heart of the matter are accusations that Fleming has been ultra-aggressive in turning to off-invoice deductions as a revenue source, causing strained ...

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