Industry consolidation in the retail segment is likely to have a positive effect on the fortunes of the distribution segment through the balance of the year, wholesale executives told SN. They also said controlling costs will be the key to survival in the next few years. "The balance of the year will be healthy for the industry as a result of all the mergers, which will add debt to the acquiring companies," said Rich Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of Associated Food ...

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