The impetus, in part, that brought the National Grocers Association together was the view that the playing field had begun to tilt in favor of large chains. Members realized they needed a strong voice in Washington, especially on issues of antitrust and mergers and acquisitions. Predatory pricing plagued independents from the beginning with the Federal Trade Commission looking into a drawn out price war taking place in Indianapolis where Kroger was a player. “The biggest thing was price ...

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