FALLS CHURCH, Va. -- Food-service distributors experienced sales growth of 9.1% in 1996 -- their strongest growth spurt since 1990 -- while wholesale grocers saw sales grow at a more modest 3.7%, according to the latest Distributor Productivity and Financial Report released by Food Distributors International here. rose to 15.5 times for wholesale grocers and 15.2 times for food-service distributors. Sales growth among wholesale grocers has declined over the past decade -- from 7% in 1987 ...

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