PORTLAND, Ore. -- The potential sale and breakup of Albertsons may be a winning proposition for a host of smaller retailers, industry observers said last week during a panel discussion at the Food Industry Leadership Center Executive Forum 2005, sponsored by Portland State University here. "The pattern in the 1990s was for smaller companies to combine to build giant chains, but now we're seeing a reverse of that, with the giants being broken up among regional or multi-regional ...

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