A few hours after Fleming Cos. acknowledged last Wednesday that it intends to buy Scrivner, a trio of us from Supermarket News found ourselves in a taxi traveling a few blocks uptown from SN's offices in New York to meet with Robert E. Stauth in his hotel suite. Bob Stauth, of course, is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fleming, the wholesaler destined to become the nation's largest as soon as the all-cash $1.085 billion buyout of wholesaler Scrivner is completed this ...

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