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    Former Farmer Bros. Pres Joins Unified Board

    Laverty will be an ‘active partner in our day-to-day business’: CEO

    Unified Grocers, Inc. has appointed Roger “Rocky” M. Laverty, former president and CEO of Farmer Bros. Co., to its board of directors.

    Prior to serving with Torrance, Calif.-based Farmer Bros. from 2006-2011, Laverty was president/CEO of Diedrich Coffee, Inc. from 2003-2005, and CEO of diversified supply chain aggregator Prime Advantage from 1999-2002. He has also held positions with Smart & Final, a chain of warehouse and wholesale stores.

    "Like all of our board members, Rocky will be an active partner in our day-to-day business and we look forward to his contribution as our company continues to grow," said Unified President and CEO Bob Ling.

    Unified Board Chairman Richard E. Goodspeed agreed: "Rocky is a leader and an innovator in the food industry and brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise to our board of directors.”

    Commerce, Calif.-based Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States.

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