UNITED LOOKING UP

PORTLAND, Ore. -- United Grocers is back on track. After resolving a debilitating debt problem and overhauling its corporate culture, the $1.3 billion retailer-owned cooperative here is forging forward with a series of cost-cutting efforts and new operating disciplines that a new management team believes will enable it to prosper, Charles E. Carlbom, chief executive officer, told SN."We're making

PORTLAND, Ore. -- United Grocers is back on track. After resolving a debilitating debt problem and overhauling its corporate culture, the $1.3 billion retailer-owned cooperative here is forging forward with a series of cost-cutting efforts and new operating disciplines that a new management team believes will enable it to prosper, Charles E. Carlbom, chief executive officer, told SN.

"We're making changes that would normally take two or three years and doing it all in five or six mont

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