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 here at the headquarters of the National Grocers Association, which fears that the new group might neglect the interests of independent operators. As reported in last week's issue of SN, CIES — The Food Business Forum, based in Paris, has merged with the Global Commerce Initiative, based in Cologne, Germany, to form a new ...

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