Butera Eyes Fresh Brands Buy

Paul Butera, who as chairman of the Certified Grocers cooperative led Certified's acquisition of voluntary wholesaler Fresh Brands, is close to buying Fresh Brands back from Certified, sources told SN last week. The move would coincide with Butera switching distributors for his Butera Markets chain from Certified to Fresh Brands, and could signal the beginning of additional consolidation

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Paul Butera, who as chairman of the Certified Grocers cooperative led Certified's acquisition of voluntary wholesaler Fresh Brands here, is close to buying Fresh Brands back from Certified, sources told SN last week.

The move would coincide with Butera switching distributors for his Butera Markets chain from Certified to Fresh Brands, and could signal the beginning of additional consolidation among Midwest wholesalers, sources said. Other Certified reta

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