11.08.08

United Natural Foods, Inc.: Retirement of Richard Antonelli, Chief Operating Officer

DAYVILLE, Conn., United Natural Foods, Inc. (the "Company") today announced the retirement of Richard Antonelli as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Distribution, effective August 12, 2008. Mr. Antonelli also resigned from his position as a member of the company's Board of Directors.

Following Mr. Antonelli's departure and as part of a realignment of responsibilities, his duties will be assumed by the Company's other executive officers, including the Company's CEO.

Michael Funk, President and CEO, commented, "On behalf of the Board and senior management team, we are grateful to Rick for his important contributions to the Company's growth and development and wish him success in his future endeavors."

Richard Antonelli, age 51, has served as a member of the Board of Directors since December 2003 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and President of Distribution since December 2005. Previously, Mr. Antonelli served as Director of Sales for United Natural Foods, and its predecessor company, from 1985 until July 2001.

Mr. Antonelli commented, "It has been a great pleasure helping to grow UNFI and I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the many great people who have contributed to our success. I wish continued success to all of the many friends I have at the Company."

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes more than 60,000 products to more than 17,000 customers nationwide. The Company serves a wide variety of retail formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the food service channel. United Natural Foods, Inc. was ranked by Forbes in 2005 as one of the "Best Managed Companies in America," ranked by Fortune in 2006 and 2007 as one of its "Most Admired Companies," and ranked by Business Ethics as one of its "100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2006." For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., visit the Company's website at www.unfi.com.

Source: United Natural Foods, Inc.

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