Certified Grocers Midwest Inc., the Chicago-based grocery wholesale cooperative, has completed its acquisition of Fresh Brands Inc., a Wisconsin supermarket retailer and grocery wholesaler, for US$7.05 a share.

Trading of Fresh Brands on the Nasdaq has been terminated.

Operating under the Piggly Wiggly and Dick’s Supermarkets brands, Fresh Brands currently has 74 franchised supermarkets, 20 corporate-owned supermarkets and two corporate-owned convenience stores located in Wisconsin, northern Illinois and Iowa.

Certified Grocers Midwest reported net sales of $674.4m for the fiscal year 3 September 2005. It is a member-owned cooperative that serves approximately 200 independent retail stores, principally in Illinois.