Unified Grocers (Unified) is the largest retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative in the western United States. Our talented team of approximately 3,500 employees provides the products and services grocery stores need to successfully compete in today’s diverse supermarket industry. Since our company’s founding in 1922 when 15 independent retail grocers pooled their resources to improve their businesses efficiency and formed Certified Grocers of California, the cooperative organization has enjoyed steady and consistent growth. In 1999, Certified Grocers changed its name to Unified Western Grocers after merging with United Grocers, Inc. a $1 billion grocery cooperative based in Portland, Oregon. In May 2007, as part of an initiative to strengthen its corporate brand and image, the company changed its name again to Unified Grocers. In September 2007, Unified acquired Associated Grocers, Inc. a $1 billion grocery cooperative based in Seattle, Washington. Today, Unified generates approximately $4 billion in annual sales and serves over 2,500 member stores and nearly 6,000 customer locations in neighborhoods throughout the West, including Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Our customers include such fine grocery stores as Gelson’s, Raley’s, Superior Grocers, Thriftway, Roth’s, Haggen Food & Pharmacy, and Metropolitan Market.
Unified Grocers strives to provide a working environment where employees are able to grow in their careers while furthering the goals of the organization. We believe that our employees are the driving force of our success and support their continued career and personal development through: • Job skills and industry training • Professional and personal development classes • Job promotions and transfer opportunities within the company We foster a diverse, positive and innovative culture that develops and supports talented people who are focused on organizational effectiveness and accomplishing Unified’s objectives and mission. Our core values include: Excellence: We consistently strive for performance and continuous improvement throughout the organization Fairness and Respect: We accept responsibility for our actions and recognize the value and contributions of others. Integrity: In actively supporting the company’s values, we do what we say we’ll do in a competent and professional manner. Loyalty: We are committed to actively uphold the decisions and values of the company. Responsible Corporate Citizenship: As an organization we are committed to making our communities better places to live and work through our participation in volunteer community and industry organizations. Unified is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against qualified applicants and employees on the basis of any characteristic protected under applicable state or federal law. – less