thistractorCheck out what we’re hearing from top executives attending our Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week.

Kantar Retail Americas Chief Executive Ken Harris, a top industry consultant, said he sees a healthy appetite for strategic acquisitions in the food and grocery space this year as improving credit markets and a recovering U.S. economy tempt buyers.

“It’s not about making a big acquisition, but you’ll see some smart acquisitions starting to happen over the next six to 12 months,” said Harris, who advises food manufacturers and retailers on their business models and acquisition strategies.

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(Reuters photo)