SAN FRANCISCO -- When it comes to working with retailers and wholesalers to bring new efficiencies to the distribution process, the meat industry is far behind other segments of the food industry. So says Kenneth Wagar, vice president of procurement, inventory management at Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich., who spoke on the grocery industry's efficiency initiative, Efficient Consumer Response, at the recent annual convention here of the American Meat Institute, Arlington, Va. "Systems ...

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