CHANTILLY, Va. -- Ahold USA's recent entry into the acquisition battle for units of Big V Supermarkets once again puts the company at the center of the food retail industry's consolidation drama. That's been Ahold USA's role for some time, including last year, when the company acquired Bruno's Supermarkets, Birmingham, Ala., and Alliant Foodservice, Deerfield, Ill., announcing both high-profile moves in a single, breathtaking day. But this year, Ahold USA -- a unit of the Netherlands-based ...

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