The connection between independent grocers and health-labeled foods may not be obvious at first; indeed, it's not so much about each of them as what the pairing itself represents. First, a look at numbers. Chain supermarkets, with just over 21,000 stores in the United States, operate roughly twice as many units as independent operators, who have 11,500 stores. And given the direction this business has been travelling these past few years, the latter number remains in constant danger of ...

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