These are busy times. First, inaugural week and all its festivities commanded a lot of attention. Then, of more finite interest, many topside executives in the food-distribution industry gathered at the weekend for this week's Food Marketing Institute 2005 Midwinter Executive Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. Again, in a finite way, those two events sound common chords because the fortunes of the food-distribution business are linked in some ways to political directions set in Washington. ...

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