CATALINA ISLAND, Calif. — Funeral services have been held here for Robert Berning, the principal wine buyer for Trader Joe's during its early years who established the chain's trademark low-cost wine offerings. Berning, 73, died of bone cancer. He was working for King Cole Markets, a Southern California independent, where he developed his interest in imported wines, when he was hired as a store manager in 1965 by Pronto Markets, Trader Joe's predecessor company. When Trader Joe's shifted its ...
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