An explosion of merger-related activity has left an indelible mark on food retailing in 1999. Consolidation is the topic of the day in board rooms and chat rooms, for wholesalers and retailers, for competitors and trading partners. The size and scope of the deals reached new levels in the past year and the effect on the industry is becoming clearer. So is the notion that the consolidation wave will continue, rolling over smaller players as it moves forward. But forming major industry ...

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