NEW YORK (FNS) -- At this time of year, industry attention turns to the nation's largest trade association, the Food Marketing Institute, which meets this week in Chicago. But many state trade associations are critical to food retailing and help pass or defeat important bills in state legislatures. Many of these groups have been around for a century and the efforts they have made in those years have influenced wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers in their states. Four of these state ...

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