ANAHEIM, Calif. — Small independent food retailers more suited to tackling the problem of food deserts — low-income communities that lack convenient access to fresh food stores — than large chains, according to Brahm Ahmadi, chief executive officer of People’s Community Market, Oakland, Calif. "The larger the chain, the harder it is to be flexible at the single-store level in low-income neighborhoods," he said during a session on food deserts at Natural Products Expo West on March 12 at the ...

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