LOS ANGELES -- Independent operations, even when they cannot be primary shopping destinations, can still be very successful as secondary destinations, according to Alfred A. Plamann, president and CEO of Unified Western Grocers here and incoming chairman of Food Distributors International. Interviewed just prior to FDI's annual Business Conference this week in Atlanta, Plamann said there is no stigma attached to being a secondary destination. "In many cases integrated chains are taking the ...

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