CERTIFIED, FRESH BRANDS LOOK TO BUILD MORE BUYING POWER

HODGKINS, Ill. - Certified Grocers Midwest here plans to seek acquisition opportunities to fill the gap between its own Illinois-based operating area and that of Wisconsin-based Fresh Brands, following the completion of the merger of the two companies last week.Sheboygan, Wis.-based Fresh Brands will operate as a voluntary wholesaler, while Certified will continue to operate as a member-owned cooperative,

HODGKINS, Ill. - Certified Grocers Midwest here plans to seek acquisition opportunities to fill the gap between its own Illinois-based operating area and that of Wisconsin-based Fresh Brands, following the completion of the merger of the two companies last week.

Sheboygan, Wis.-based Fresh Brands will operate as a voluntary wholesaler, while Certified will continue to operate as a member-owned cooperative, Paul Butera, Certified chairman, told SN.

He said Certifresh, the holdi

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