Central to Absorb Certified

The boards of Chicago area cooperatives Central Grocers and Certified Grocers Midwest last week agreed to merge the companies, officials said. Under terms of the agreement, which requires approval from member-owners, Certified members will transition their business to Central here, which would be the surviving entity under the leadership of Jim Denges, chief executive officer of

FRANKLIN PARK, Ill. — The boards of Chicago area cooperatives Central Grocers and Certified Grocers Midwest last week agreed to merge the companies, officials said.

Under terms of the agreement, which requires approval from member-owners, Certified members will transition their business to Central here, which would be the surviving entity under the leadership of Jim Denges, chief executive officer of Central.

The move provides a new solution for Certified, weakened from

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