NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The complementary strengths of independent retailers and full-line wholesalers make for a powerful combination even in an increasingly competitive marketplace, said Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer of Certified Grocers of California, Los Angeles. "Independents know their communities, and are able to offer personalized service," said Plamann. "They are also more flexible, and can quickly adapt to a changing customer base. And wholesalers are able to offer ...

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