CHICAGO — IGA here said last week the addition of Unified Grocers as its 13th U.S. distributor will enable the alliance to significantly expand its banner and fill geographic gaps in its distribution. Unified, based in Los Angeles, is a member-owned cooperative with the bulk of its distribution in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. “When Fleming folded [in 2004], we lost a major distributor in those areas,” said Mark Batenic, president of IGA U.S. “Although C&S did pick up ...

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