Chattanooga, Tenn. -- With its acquisition of Red Food Stores here, Ahold is breaking new ground in the way it absorbs and operates U.S. supermarket companies. The Zaandam, Netherlands-based giant, whose six U.S. supermarket chains now account for annual volume of $7.2 billion, has been driving for efficiencies and synergies as it acquires operators along the East Coast of the United States. But the purchase of the 55-unit Red Food operation, completed last month, is taking that effort a ...

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