Mergers and acquisitions remained a part of the supermarket industry during 2012, although as the year neared an end there was a feeling more was still to come. While a few big deals were completed — namely the Winn-Dixie/Bi-Lo merger, Sprouts’ deal to buy Sunflower Markets, and the takeover of Genuardi’s stores in Philadelphia led by Ahold’s Giant-Carlisle division — Supervalu’s announcement that it would seek strategic alternatives including a ...

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