United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), which formed in 1996 out of the merger of several regional natural foods distributors, has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years. As the leading North American distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods, it supplies more than 27,000 retail food centers. In 2012, the public company reported net sales of $5.24 billion, an increase of 15.6 percent over the previous year.
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