Wiping The Mess From Gerber's Chin

Gerber knows what it's good at: dishing up strained peas, pureed peaches, and--mmmmm, open wide, precious, here it comes--stewed prunes. The No. 1 baby-food maker has in recent years sharpened its focus on its core business while shedding other operations, including trucking and furniture. The result: a share of the $1.1 billion baby-food market that last summer topped 72%. That's more than American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s share of the long-distance market.

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