How is it that the incoming board chair of the Food Marketing Institute sees healthy signs for the industry at a time when many participants are despairing about the future? Jeff Noddle, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Supervalu, is an optimist regarding the future of food retailing and distribution. That's not a bad thing for an industry down on itself. His two-year FMI term begins this month. However, his optimism would be meaningless if it weren't grounded in realism. ...

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