ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Industry merger and acquisition activity is poised to pick up during the next few years after a lull in 2009, according to a webinar by The Food Institute here. The projections of increased activity come as talk surfaced in recent weeks about the possibility of a buyout offer for Supervalu, Minneapolis, and as that company reportedly continues to seek buyers for some of its assets. From 2004 through 2007, large food retailers “pruned” many of the excess stores they had ...

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