LOS ANGELES -- The key to the successful merger of Certified Grocers of California here and Portland, Ore.-based United Grocers was the fact the directors of each company got to know each other during the pre-merger discussions, Alfred A. Plamann, president and chief executive officer of Unified Western Grocers, the successor company here, said last week. "I'm not aware of any other successful merger between two retailer-owned companies, and I believe our merger will serve as a template for ...

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