ARLINGTON, Va. — The formation of a new, global association representing the largest food retailers and manufacturers around the world is being met with some skepticism by the National Grocers Association here, which fears that the new group might neglect the interests of independent operators. As previously reported in SN, CIES — The Food Business Forum, based in Paris, has merged with the Global Commerce Initiative, based in Cologne, Germany, to form a new group called the Consumer Goods ...

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