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Plamann Wins Hoover Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Food Marketing Institute on Tuesday presented the Herbert Hoover Award for humanitarian business efforts to Al Plamann, chief executive officer, Unified Grocers.

“Al Plamann is legendary among wholesalers and his abiding commitment to serving independent retailers mirrors his altruistic regard for the individual,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO, FMI.

Al Plamann
Al Plamann

Included in his community outreach programs are an internship program for high school graduating seniors that Plamann launched more than 15 years ago. The innovative program provides students with a paying job for the summer that not only is educational but also provides them with an insider’s look at the food industry.

Plamann is active with the Weingart Center Association, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to homeless people in the Los Angeles area. Plamann also isupports the Boy Scouts, City of Hope and other community-based groups.

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“Al drives the company by leading by example and we emulate his approach; service to our members and the communities in which we conduct business is engrained in our company culture,” said Bob Ling, president of Los Angeles-based Unified.

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