Buying Produce Directly > Industry studies released in the late 1950s pointed to a trend among larger chains toward the direct buying of produce. A study conducted for the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that buying trends were culminating in the elimination of the middle man. This shift was forcing smaller chains to use a variety of cooperative wholesale endeavors just to compete. Trends toward direct buying would continue to evolve into today's buying of produce. In the wake of ...

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