The annual Speaks presentation is the signature event of the Food Marketing Institute industry convention concluded last week in Chicago. In keeping with the advent of the new millennium, this year's presentation centered on the rapid rate of change that seems to prevail now. (But when didn't that seem to be the case?) Luckily, the context for current change in the food-retailing industry seems to be generally positive, with all sorts of performance measures of 1999 industry performance ...

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