After all the excitement surrounding activities that lead to the merger of two companies fades away, and when some of the publicity quiets, a big question remains: How will the two companies be combined? The question is also a complex one. It includes issues of change, direction and leadership. And, at bottom, the question begs the most basic explanation of all: Why did the merger take place and was it worth all the bother? More than a few mergers have occurred in the food-distribution ...

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