About three years ago, Al Plamann, chief executive officer of Unified Grocers, was in the cafeteria at the member-owned wholesale cooperative’s Los Angeles headquarters when he noticed two women bringing their own plastic dishes up to be served. “They asked the lady who runs the cafeteria to put the special of the day on their plastic plates,” he said. I asked them about it and they said, ‘We just think it’s better to do that.’” Plamann (left) ...
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