Strength in Numbers

Jim Denges is pretty optimistic these days. The chief executive officer of Central Grocers, one of the nation's largest cooperative wholesalers, just saw his company complete the best year in its history, and he's preparing to significantly expand his business in the year ahead through the assimilation of most of the former members of a local competitor, Certified Grocers Midwest. Business has been

Jim Denges is pretty optimistic these days.

The chief executive officer of Central Grocers, one of the nation's largest cooperative wholesalers, just saw his company complete the best year in its history, and he's preparing to significantly expand his business in the year ahead through the assimilation of most of the former members of a local competitor, Certified Grocers Midwest.

“Business has been very strong,” he told SN last week. “Even without the new membership, b

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