FINDLAY, Ohio -- Michael S. Needler, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fresh Encounter here, has been named chairman of the National Grocers Association, Arlington, Va. He takes over from Chuck Pilliter, who previously held the NGA chairmanship position. Pilliter was vice president and chief operating officer of Unified Western Grocers, Los Angeles, and resigned his position at Unified in August to join Trader Joe's, Monrovia, Calif., as senior vice president, operation.

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