CHICAGO -- The food retail industry last week was presented with industrywide statistics to confirm what many have already sensed: Operators are playing a game of "Survivor" in an economy that took a sudden turn south. In its annual Speaks presentation at the FMI Show here, the Food Marketing Institute painted a picture of an industry acclimating to the new environment of cautious consumer spending and lagging sales growth, with the strongest retailers managing to build profits anyway. "A ...

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