ORLANDO, Fla. -- There is a "bright future for strong-in-market" independent operators despite the many challenges and problems affecting the wholesale-supplied system, Mark Hansen, chairman and chief executive officer, Fleming, Dallas, said last week. Speaking at a luncheon meeting during the Food Distributors International annual Business Conference & Partners Program, Hansen recounted the problems of rapid change, channel blurring, growth of food service and alternative formats, and ...

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