These are not your grandfather's co-ops. Today's retailer-owned wholesaling cooperatives have more power and influence than ever before, and are leveraging them to expand operations and modernize infrastructures. The disappearance of Fleming Cos. from the grocery-wholesale landscape last year drove an influx of new membership for many of the nation's cooperative wholesalers, bolstering a segment of the food distribution business that has periodically been written off as antiquated or ...

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