LOS ANGELES -- Two of the West's leading member-owned cooperatives are pooling their operations in an attempt to compete on a more level field with the industry's mega-players -- a move that could lead to other mergers or strategic alliances among Western cooperatives. Leading the way are Certified Grocers of California here and United Grocers, Portland, Ore., who are merging to form a new company -- Unified Western Grocers -- that is expected to enable their independent retail members to ...

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