LOS ANGELES -- Unified Western Grocers here said it recently gave responsibility for the company's general merchandise and health and beauty division to Philip S. Smith, who retains his title of senior vice president of procurement at the $3 billion grocer-owned wholesale-buying cooperative. He also retains responsibility for the company's Hispanic program, corporate brands and candy sales. ertified and United Grocers of Oregon later merged to form Unified, and Smith was elevated to his ...

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