BATON ROUGE, La. -- Wholesalers like Associated Grocers here perform the important task of consolidating the buying power of individual independents to gain a price from CPG manufacturers that is competitive with that charged to supermarket chains. Now the National Grocers Association, Arlington, Va., which represents the independent supermarket sector, is taking the process one step further by consolidating food wholesalers to gain the best pricing from suppliers of commodity supplies such ...

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