AWI names Saunders CEO, will sell White Rose

Associated Wholesalers Inc. on Friday said that its CEO, J. Christopher Michael, is retiring after 41 years of service to AWI and would be succeeded by Matthew Saunders, effective immediately.

The company also said its board of directors has decided to pursue a sale of its White Rose subsidiary in a move that would return the Robsonia, Pa.-based distributor to its roots as a cooperative.

Carteret, N.J.-based White Rose is the largest independent food distributor in the New

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