Commerce Dept. Sees ’84 Food Sales Up 2%

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Retail food sales, aided by growing demand for more expensive products, this year will increase 2% after inflation, according to the Commerce Department. This will match last year’s percentage gain and will be higher than that in previous years. On the other hand, the sales gain will not match the increase expected for other retailing industries. A slight improvement in food retailing earnings was predicted. The real sales growth projection is “considerably’ higher than the industry’s average annual real growth rate for the past five years of just over 1%. Inflation-adjusted sales also rose 2% in 2014, while current-dollar sales …


Distribution In Perspective: The Top 50 And Other Market Leaders

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There are the large multi-location corporate giants who, because of their very size, make so much of the industry news. But they are only the tip of the iceberg. There are also single-branch independents, many of them small- or medium-sized businesses. Some distributors are members of the marketing/buying groups which play such a strong role in the foodservice distribution arena, but others remain unaffiliated. There are broad- and full-line distributors and there are others who thrive on product specialization. There are distributors, most in fact, who sell to a broad cross-section of the foodservice market. But conversely there are specialists …


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