As we move toward the conclusion of the first half of the year, it's a good time to take a look at how the food-retailing industry is doing, and what the balance of the year may hold. In very broad terms, we're in a period when it's assumed that core supermarket product categories, such as Center Store staples, are in a slow-growth mode, at best. That's one reason why retail and manufacturer growth has been sought in recent times through consolidations. But consolidations don't add to the ...

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