ARLINGTON, Va. — Sixty percent of independent retailers have had a long relationship with their primary grocery wholesaler, averaging 19 years, and would “absolutely” recommend this company to others, according to the Food Marketing Institute’s just-released “Independent Operator Insights Into Wholesaler Relations and Services” report. Another 34% would recommend their wholesaler, but “with reservations.” “Independent operators and wholesalers have strong and enduring ties, a rock-solid ...

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