The food-distribution industry is constantly seeking related forms of business to enter in an effort to make up for the flat sales levels being produced by core categories. These can take the form of pharmacy, nonfood and convenience-fuel stores. These product offers are useful and needed to produce growth, but what about taking the step of moving by way of alliance or acquisition into a more closely related business, that of food service? It's being done to some extent -- notably by Ahold ...

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