United Natural Foods secures key partnership extension with Whole Foods Market until 2032


United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) has solidified its position within the grocery distribution sector by renewing its partnership with Whole Foods Market, an Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) company. This strategic move extends their agreement, positioning UNFI as the primary distributor for Whole Foods Market until May 2032, extending beyond the original end date in September 2027.

Long-Term Collaboration Strengthened

The newly announced extension underscores the strength and longevity of the partnership between United Natural Foods and Whole Foods Market. David Matthews, President of National Sales at UNFI, expressed pride in continuing the relationship, emphasizing the commitment to meet the growing consumer demand for high-quality food products across the United States. “We are proud to extend our longstanding partnership with Whole Foods Market to provide high-quality foods and other valuable items to consumers all across the country,” said Matthews.

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David Garraway, Vice President of Supply Chain for Whole Foods Market, also highlighted the critical role UNFI plays in their operations. “UNFI plays an important role in our supply chain as we continue to grow and serve more customers,” Garraway noted. This extension promises to strengthen the supply chain efficiency and ensure a steady distribution of products to meet consumer needs.

United Natural Foods extends its primary distribution agreement with Whole Foods Market until 2032, reinforcing a longstanding partnership.

United Natural Foods extends its primary distribution agreement with Whole Foods Market until 2032, reinforcing a longstanding partnership.

Impact on the Grocery Distribution Landscape

UNFI is recognized as North America’s premier grocery wholesaler, delivering an extensive variety of fresh, branded, and owned brand products to over 30,000 locations throughout the continent. This includes natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce providers, and food service customers.

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In addition to providing a broad range of products, UNFI offers value-added services and segmented marketing expertise. These services include proprietary technology, data, market insights, and shelf management solutions designed to help customers and suppliers flourish in a competitive market.

The extension of this partnership is not just a testament to the successful past collaboration between UNFI and Whole Foods Market, but it also sets a positive trajectory for future growth and stability in the supply chain. It underscores the strategic importance of strong distributor-retailer relationships in navigating the complexities of the grocery industry, particularly in a time when supply chain dynamics are increasingly volatile.

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As UNFI continues to expand its reach and capabilities, this agreement ensures that Whole Foods Market will benefit from a reliable supply of diverse and high-quality products, catering to the evolving preferences of health-conscious consumers. This collaboration is expected to further enhance the consumer experience, drive operational efficiencies, and support sustainable growth for both companies.

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