The earth moves whenever the Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference goes into session. It's a cheap metaphor, but one that was a big topic of conversation at the conference -- to the point that many attendees joked that maybe the world would be a better place if the meeting were suspended. After all, look at the momentous and wholly unpredictable events that have paralleled the meeting lately: Three years ago, the Persian Gulf War erupted just as the conference got under way ...

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