Some of the leading executives in the food and beverage industry and members of the financial community will come to San Francisco next month to explore the new wave of industry consolidation at the "Fourth Annual Food & Beverage Industry Mergers & Acquisitions Forum." The conference will take place on Nov. 14 and 15 at the Argent Hotel, located at 50 Third St. in San Francisco. Faculty for the conference includes senior executives from a number of leading food companies, experts in mergers and acquisitions in the industry, and senior professionals at national investment-banking and accounting firms. The program will explore the tremendous amount of new activity involving small entities and household names alike. To register for the conference, call 800/869-4302 or go to