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Duo plans food-service exchange

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Ventro Corp. and Entangible.com announced Tuesday the creation of a stand-alone company to provide Internet trading for food-service companies. Dubbed Aphire Solutions Inc., the new firm comes to market with three distributor alliancesÏForesight Partners, Premier Foodservice Distributors of America and Golbon. Distributor relationships are key in the $150 billion domestic foodservice market, which covers hundreds of thousands of end-user restaurants, prison systems, schools and hospitals. Food-service distributors, on the other hand, are dominated by a handful of companies. Aphire Solutions, Mountain View, Calif., faces stiff competition from such competitors as foodbuy.com, Instill Corp. and thesauce.com.
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