If there's a broad philosophical underpinning in the food distribution business today, it's that previous assumptions might as well be tossed out the window. For instance, it's now accepted wisdom that it's best to focus business segments on what they do best and that it's better to forge intra-industry alliances than to grope in the darkness of suspicion. That's why micromarketing is gaining sway over mass marketing and why the internecine rancor surrounding trade relations is yielding to ...

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