NORFOLK, Neb. -- Affiliated Foods Midwest here said it is seeking to secure the future of the independent grocery sector by offering members a slice of ownership in Partner Investor Equity -- a new program it is promoting to help community-based businesses survive. According to Virgil L. Froelich, chief executive officer of the member-owned cooperative, PIE is designed to provide market protection for its members, as well as to provide franchise-building opportunities for them by forging ...

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