NEW YORK -- The world, and the food industry, have changed a lot in the decade since SN initiated its annual Financial Analysts' Roundtable. When the event started in 1996, analysts reflected on an industry whose sales and earnings were up and whose future appeared very bright. But the growth of Wal-Mart Stores prompted changes -- initially generating a drive by the conventional industry to become more efficient by buying better and utilizing new technologies, then pursuing mergers ...

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