Those who know Al Plamann realize he’s a straight shooter, especially on critical topics like the economy’s impact. “It’s not a rosy picture, it’s a tough economic environment,” Plamann, president and chief executive officer of Unified Grocers, Los Angeles, said recently about business conditions in Unified’s 10-state market area in the Western U.S. “In the states in which we operate, there are some really significant unemployment ...

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