The notion of vertical trade channels is nearly obsolete. Supermarkets now compete against discount, drug, fast-food and white-tablecloth restaurants. And so on it goes with all channels of trade. That raises the fundamental question: What should be done about that? It was upon that question that the Inaugural SN Food Retailing Summit was convened last week in Palm Beach, Fla. Executives attending had a chance to hear from their counterparts responsible for several styles of trade, all of ...

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