NORFOLK, Neb. -- Affiliated Foods of Norfolk here and Affiliated Foods of Elwood, Kan., are trying to negotiate a merger, the presidents of both co-ops said. The companies started formal talks just two weeks ago, and are still in the discovery stage. Once their respective accountants report back, both Virgil Froehlich, president of Affiliated Norfolk, and his counterpart in Elwood, Loran Hinds, say they hope to present their boards with a proposal that leads to a merger. Between them, the ...

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