LOS ANGELES — The elevation of Bob Ling to serve as president of Unified Grocers here is aimed at keeping management in closer touch with retailers in the member-owned cooperative, Al Plamann, chief executive officer, told SN. Plamann held both titles until last week, when Ling moved up from the post of vice president, legal counsel, and secretary to become president. “We have 500 members now located up and down the West Coast, and I haven't been able to get close to some members as often ...

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