Photo Release -- Unified Grocers, Inc. Names New VP of Logistics

Victor Versino
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LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Unified Grocers, Inc. ("Unified" or the "Company") today announced that Vic Versino has joined Unified in the position of Vice President, Logistics. He joins the Company from DVD rental kiosk company Redbox, where he was Vice President of Logistics and Inventory, responsible for streamlining and automating distribution operations. Previously, Versino held logistics leadership positions with Supervalu, Kellogg and Martin Brower/McDonald's.

Vic Versino, Vice President, Logistics, Unified

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Versino takes over the position previously held by John Wiedmann, who recently announced his retirement from the Company. Versino will oversee company-wide distribution, transportation and maintenance functions. He will be responsible for developing logistics and distribution strategies to ensure the needs of our members are met.

Versino will report to Unified President and CEO Bob Ling. "Vic is an accomplished executive who brings a wealth of experience in food distribution. Unified is extremely fortunate to have a man of Vic's experience and caliber as a member of our officer team," said Ling. "Logistics is a key part of our business and vital to our growth plans. I'm confident Vic will carry on the tremendous work John Wiedmann and his team have done to help drive sales and reduce expenses."

As Vice President of Supply Chain for Supervalu Eastern Region, Versino managed logistics operations for three large distribution centers and oversaw a workforce of more than 1,500 employees. As Senior Director of DSD Operations for Kellogg, he managed logistics services for 45 distribution centers. In this role, he was responsible for implementing operations and technology improvements across Kellogg's distribution network. He implemented Lean process improvement initiatives and instituted KPI standards.

Versino started his career with Martin-Bower Company. Martin-Bower is a third-party logistics company responsible for managing logistics for McDonald's franchises. He started as a shift manager and worked his way up to President of the Latin America division, where he managed operations for nine distribution centers in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Brazil.

Versino holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Logistics from Penn State University.

About Unified Grocers, Inc.

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 $3.7 billion in sales during fiscal year 2013, offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry.

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CONTACT: Paul Dingsdale, Director, Corporate Communications (323) 881-4150

Source: Unified Grocers