The future of the grocery-wholesaling business will go the direction of franchising and supporting independent banner groups instead of in the direction of product distribution. That prediction was made by Allister P. Graham at last week's Food Distributors International business conference in Washington. Al is chairman and chief executive officer of Oshawa, which, with revenues approaching $5 billion U.S., is second only to Loblaw Cos. in the Canadian food-distribution field. Al is also ...

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