Yeah, this is definitely going to be a "cut my losses" move for many small owners to sell while they can before the big fees start kicking in, while an expansion opportunity for big companies who can afford said fees and still keep their doors open. The benefit to the consumer is that the stores stay open. Prices will go up, selection will take a hit, but that was likely to happen anyway, but, again, the shops will be open. FUFDA
I just had a thought that General had a couple projects with AJF this year... I wonder if General is eyeballing AJF. that seems like a match up that makes sense.
I think that was what David Garofalo predicted. AJF has created a bunch of blends for CI over the years.