updated 1/14/2011 3:45:42 PM ET 2011-01-14T20:45:42

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unified Grocers ("Unified" or the "Company"), the largest wholesale grocery distributor in the western United States, announced that Unified's Board of Directors has appointed Randy Scoville to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Scoville, previously Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, will continue to report to Rich Martin, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

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"Randy has been critical to our successful integration of Seattle operations, has improved the performance of our accounting activities in every respect and has developed an effective plan for the successful growth of our international operations," said Al Plamann, President and Chief Executive Officer, Unified Grocers. "He is most deserving of this appointment by the Board of Directors."

In his new position, Scoville will continue to be responsible for all accounting operations, maintaining internal accounting controls, budgeting, financial closings, external reporting and compliance and financial analysis in support of Unified's business plans, along with the financial activities of Unified Grocers Insurance Services, the Company's insurance subsidiary. Scoville will also maintain responsibility for Unified's international operations, a position he has held since 2008.

Scoville rejoined Unified in October, 2005 following six years on the retail side of the grocery business, serving for two years as Chief Financial Officer for Cardenas Markets, Inc. and four years as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Trader Joe's Company. Between 1995 and 1999, Scoville served as Controller and, later, Vice President, Accounting for Certified Grocers of California, the predecessor company to Unified Grocers. He also served as Director, Planning and Analysis at Food 4 Less/Ralphs and prior to that as Senior Manager at KPMG.

Scoville serves on the Board of Directors of California Shopping Cart Recovery Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the California Grocers Association, and on the Board of Directors of Sport Chalet, Inc., a publicly held sporting goods retailer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries, which generated approximately $4 billion in sales during fiscal 2010, offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements about the future performance of Unified Grocers based on Management's assumptions and beliefs in light of information currently available to it. There are a variety of factors that could cause actual and future results to differ materially from those anticipated by the statements made above. These factors are outlined in the Company's Form 10-K and other interim reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, Unified undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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