WASHINGTON -- Grocery Manufacturers of America and the Association of Sales & Marketing Companies took a major step toward uniting last week when GMA's board unanimously approved a merger between the two organizations. The ASMC board will meet Dec. 7 to vote on the merger, and if it is approved, "we could probably move forward very quickly," Mark W. Baum, ASMC president and chief executive officer, told SN last week. If the board votes to approve the merger, the matter would be ...

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