Unified Copes With Downturn

The uncertainties surrounding the recession will not keep Unified Grocers from achieving long-term financial success, Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based cooperative, told retail members at the company's annual meeting last week. We will not be a victim of this downturn, Plamann declared. We will survive, and we will thrive. While 2008 was

CERRITOS, Calif. — The uncertainties surrounding the recession will not keep Unified Grocers from achieving long-term financial success, Al Plamann, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles-based cooperative, told retail members at the company's annual meeting here last week.

“We will not be a victim of this downturn,” Plamann declared. “We will survive, and we will thrive.”

While 2008 was a year of record highs — with sales of $4.1 billion, which exceed

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