LAS VEGAS -- The fundamental challenge facing food-retailing behemoths newly minted from the recent spate of acquisitions is whether they can simultaneously take advantage of the operational benefits large scale can confer, but remain nimble enough to cater to nuanced consumer demands. That observation was made by Warren Bryant, executive vice president, western division, Kroger Co., at last week's opening session of the Western Food Industry Exposition here. Kroger is the nation's largest ...

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