United Natural Foods Announces Realignment of Management Responsibilities

Highlights

-- Kevin Michel named President of the Western Region

-- Todd Weintraub appointed Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial

Officer

-- Appoints Dan Atwood to newly created position of National Vice

President of Marketing

-- Barclay Hope named President of Albert's Organics

-- Bud Mayberry named President of the Natural Retail Group



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from United Natural Foods, Inc.

    DAYVILLE, Conn., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   UNFI) today announced that, as part of its program of broadening and
 strengthening its leadership team, Kevin Michel has been appointed President
 of the Company's Western Region, a position formerly held by Chief Executive
 Officer Michael Funk. In his new capacity Mr. Michel will be responsible for
 leading the growth, profitability and customer support of the Western Region.
 Todd Weintraub, formerly the Company's Corporate Controller, has been named
 Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.
     "This repositioning allows the Company's management team to focus on our
 appropriate strengths and to best take advantage of opportunities in the
 marketplace," said Michael Funk.  "With Kevin's appointment, I will be able to
 concentrate my efforts to evolving growth opportunities and the Company's
 long-term vision and strategy."
     Thomas Simone, United Natural Food's Chairman, commented, "Kevin is an
 experienced and strong leader who has played a pivotal role in the Company's
 recent turnaround and has worked diligently to build a strong financial and
 accounting team. We believe this is a natural progression given his
 substantial experience within both our Company and the industry and his
 extensive knowledge of our Western region operations and customer base."  Mr.
 Michel has held various management positions within United Natural Foods since
 1996.
     Mr. Simone went on to note that, "We are delighted to have Todd Weintraub
 assume the Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer position.
 For nearly four years Todd has made very significant contributions as a member
 of our financial management team, and we have benefited from his counsel.  His
 strong financial background and extensive public company accounting experience
 will be invaluable to the Company." In his new position, Mr. Weintraub will be
 responsible for the Company's finance, accounting and planning functions and
 will report to Michael Funk.
 
     Other Management Changes
     In a related announcement, Dan Atwood was appointed to the newly created
 position of National Vice President of Marketing, reporting to Michael Funk.
 In this role, Mr. Atwood will be focusing on various initiatives to grow sales
 and maximize margins. Mr. Atwood has most recently been President of United
 Natural Food's Natural Retail Group (NRG) and Vice President of the Company
 since 1995.
     Concurrently, Bud Mayberry has been named the new President of NRG. He
 will be responsible for overseeing all NRG operations. Mr. Mayberry, who will
 report to Dan Atwood, has served in various senior management capacities for
 NRG since March 1998, most recently as General Manager. NRG was formed in 1993
 as an independently operated, retail division of United Natural Foods. The
 operation currently is comprised of 12 stores in the Eastern U.S., primarily
 located in the high growth Florida markets.
     These appointments are the latest in the last few months to strengthen the
 Company's leadership team. In January, Barclay Hope was appointed President of
 Albert's Organics. Mr. Hope has assumed this position following the retirement
 of Albert's Organics founder Albert Lusk. He has been involved in the natural
 foods business since 1977 and will be responsible for overseeing all of
 Albert's Organics' operations. Mr. Hope has managed Albert's West since 1997
 and will continue to do so while grooming a successor to take over later this
 year.
     Albert's Organics was acquired by United Natural Foods in 1998 and is the
 nation's leading distributor of quality organically grown produce and
 perishables. Established in Los Angeles in 1983, Albert's Organics has
 warehouse centers in Los Angeles, CA, Bridgeport, NJ, Winter Haven, FL and
 Denver, CO. Albert's delivers to all major metropolitan areas and most regions
 in the continental U.S. and Canada. A geographic expansion of the Company's
 presence in key markets is in process.
 
     Management's Background
     Michael S. Funk, age 46, has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice
 Chairman of the Board of Directors since February 1996. Mr. Funk has served as
 Chief Executive Officer since December 1999. Mr. Funk served as President from
 October 1996 to December 1999 and as Executive Vice President from February
 1996 until October 1996. Since its inception in July 1976, Mr. Funk has been
 President of Mountain People's Warehouse (the Company's Western Region).
     Kevin T. Michel, age 43, became Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
 and Treasurer in December of 1999. He served as the interim Chief Financial
 Officer and Treasurer from August to November 1999 and was the Executive Vice
 President of the Western Region from April through July 1999. Mr. Michel
 served as the President of the Central Region from January 1998 until March
 1999 and as Chief Financial Officer of Mountain People's Warehouse from
 January 1995 until December 1997. Mr. Michel has served on the Board of
 Directors since 1996.
     Steve Townsend, 47, has served as President of United Natural Foods since
 December 6, 2000, and President of the Eastern Region since January 31, 2000.
 Mr. Townsend served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 1996 to
 1997.  Prior to that, from 1983 to 1995, Mr. Townsend served in a variety of
 executive operational, financial and administrative positions with Cornucopia
 Natural Foods, the Company's predecessor.
     Todd Weintraub, age 37, was formerly the Company's Corporate Controller
 and has been with United Natural Foods since 1997. Prior to joining the
 Company, Mr. Weintraub held financial reporting positions at State Street
 Corporation and Allmerica Financial Corporation. Mr. Weintraub began his
 career with the accounting firm of KPMG LLP, where he became a Certified
 Public Accountant. Mr. Weintraub brings a total of 11 years of financial
 reporting and accounting experience to his new position.
     Daniel V. Atwood, age 43, has served as Secretary since January 1998 and
 as President of NRG and Vice President of United Natural Foods since August
 1995. Mr. Atwood was Vice President--Marketing of the Company from January
 1984 to August 1995 and Director of Operations of the Company in 1983. From
 1979 to 1982, Mr. Atwood was a Store Manager at Bread & Circus Supermarkets, a
 super natural chain. Mr. Atwood served on the Company's Board of Directors
 from August 1988 to December 1997.
     Bud Mayberry, age 58, provides over 30 years of retail food management
 experience to his expanded role with NRG.  Mr. Mayberry began his career with
 the Winn Dixie chain, where he learned all aspects of store operations. He
 then went on to a number of other management positions, including Executive
 Vice President of Boogaarts of Florida and Food Store Manager of Super-K
 Centers (K-Mart Corp.).
     Barclay Hope, age 46, has served as the General Manager for Albert's
 Organics West since 1997. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Hope opened a Wild Oats
 retail store in Hollywood, CA and managed a Wild Oats retail store in Santa
 Monica, CA. Prior to that, from 1988 until 1995, he owned Buonapasta, a Santa
 Barbara-based fresh pasta and ravioli company. From 1981 until 1998 Mr. Hope
 co-owned and managed two California based natural food stores called Hope 'n
 Hagens.
 
     About United Natural Foods
     United Natural Foods, Inc. distributes over 30,000 products to more than
 7,000 customers in 50 states. The Company serves a wide variety of retail
 formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores
 and independent retail operators.
     For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., via fax at no charge,
 please dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter the Company's ticker symbol, UNFI. Or,
 visit the Company's web-site at www.unfi.com .
     "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding United Natural's business
 which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve
 risks and uncertainties.  For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties,
 which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the
 forward-looking statements, including but not limited to general business
 conditions, the impact of competition and our dependence on principal
 customers, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual report on Form 10-Q
 filed with the Commission on December 15, 2000, and its other filings under
 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any forward-looking
 statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made.  United Natural is not
 undertaking to update any information in the foregoing reports until the
 effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws.
 
 

SOURCE United Natural Foods, Inc.
    DAYVILLE, Conn., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   UNFI) today announced that, as part of its program of broadening and
 strengthening its leadership team, Kevin Michel has been appointed President
 of the Company's Western Region, a position formerly held by Chief Executive
 Officer Michael Funk. In his new capacity Mr. Michel will be responsible for
 leading the growth, profitability and customer support of the Western Region.
 Todd Weintraub, formerly the Company's Corporate Controller, has been named
 Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer.
     "This repositioning allows the Company's management team to focus on our
 appropriate strengths and to best take advantage of opportunities in the
 marketplace," said Michael Funk.  "With Kevin's appointment, I will be able to
 concentrate my efforts to evolving growth opportunities and the Company's
 long-term vision and strategy."
     Thomas Simone, United Natural Food's Chairman, commented, "Kevin is an
 experienced and strong leader who has played a pivotal role in the Company's
 recent turnaround and has worked diligently to build a strong financial and
 accounting team. We believe this is a natural progression given his
 substantial experience within both our Company and the industry and his
 extensive knowledge of our Western region operations and customer base."  Mr.
 Michel has held various management positions within United Natural Foods since
 1996.
     Mr. Simone went on to note that, "We are delighted to have Todd Weintraub
 assume the Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer position.
 For nearly four years Todd has made very significant contributions as a member
 of our financial management team, and we have benefited from his counsel.  His
 strong financial background and extensive public company accounting experience
 will be invaluable to the Company." In his new position, Mr. Weintraub will be
 responsible for the Company's finance, accounting and planning functions and
 will report to Michael Funk.
 
     Other Management Changes
     In a related announcement, Dan Atwood was appointed to the newly created
 position of National Vice President of Marketing, reporting to Michael Funk.
 In this role, Mr. Atwood will be focusing on various initiatives to grow sales
 and maximize margins. Mr. Atwood has most recently been President of United
 Natural Food's Natural Retail Group (NRG) and Vice President of the Company
 since 1995.
     Concurrently, Bud Mayberry has been named the new President of NRG. He
 will be responsible for overseeing all NRG operations. Mr. Mayberry, who will
 report to Dan Atwood, has served in various senior management capacities for
 NRG since March 1998, most recently as General Manager. NRG was formed in 1993
 as an independently operated, retail division of United Natural Foods. The
 operation currently is comprised of 12 stores in the Eastern U.S., primarily
 located in the high growth Florida markets.
     These appointments are the latest in the last few months to strengthen the
 Company's leadership team. In January, Barclay Hope was appointed President of
 Albert's Organics. Mr. Hope has assumed this position following the retirement
 of Albert's Organics founder Albert Lusk. He has been involved in the natural
 foods business since 1977 and will be responsible for overseeing all of
 Albert's Organics' operations. Mr. Hope has managed Albert's West since 1997
 and will continue to do so while grooming a successor to take over later this
 year.
     Albert's Organics was acquired by United Natural Foods in 1998 and is the
 nation's leading distributor of quality organically grown produce and
 perishables. Established in Los Angeles in 1983, Albert's Organics has
 warehouse centers in Los Angeles, CA, Bridgeport, NJ, Winter Haven, FL and
 Denver, CO. Albert's delivers to all major metropolitan areas and most regions
 in the continental U.S. and Canada. A geographic expansion of the Company's
 presence in key markets is in process.
 
     Management's Background
     Michael S. Funk, age 46, has served on the Board of Directors and as Vice
 Chairman of the Board of Directors since February 1996. Mr. Funk has served as
 Chief Executive Officer since December 1999. Mr. Funk served as President from
 October 1996 to December 1999 and as Executive Vice President from February
 1996 until October 1996. Since its inception in July 1976, Mr. Funk has been
 President of Mountain People's Warehouse (the Company's Western Region).
     Kevin T. Michel, age 43, became Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
 and Treasurer in December of 1999. He served as the interim Chief Financial
 Officer and Treasurer from August to November 1999 and was the Executive Vice
 President of the Western Region from April through July 1999. Mr. Michel
 served as the President of the Central Region from January 1998 until March
 1999 and as Chief Financial Officer of Mountain People's Warehouse from
 January 1995 until December 1997. Mr. Michel has served on the Board of
 Directors since 1996.
     Steve Townsend, 47, has served as President of United Natural Foods since
 December 6, 2000, and President of the Eastern Region since January 31, 2000.
 Mr. Townsend served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company from 1996 to
 1997.  Prior to that, from 1983 to 1995, Mr. Townsend served in a variety of
 executive operational, financial and administrative positions with Cornucopia
 Natural Foods, the Company's predecessor.
     Todd Weintraub, age 37, was formerly the Company's Corporate Controller
 and has been with United Natural Foods since 1997. Prior to joining the
 Company, Mr. Weintraub held financial reporting positions at State Street
 Corporation and Allmerica Financial Corporation. Mr. Weintraub began his
 career with the accounting firm of KPMG LLP, where he became a Certified
 Public Accountant. Mr. Weintraub brings a total of 11 years of financial
 reporting and accounting experience to his new position.
     Daniel V. Atwood, age 43, has served as Secretary since January 1998 and
 as President of NRG and Vice President of United Natural Foods since August
 1995. Mr. Atwood was Vice President--Marketing of the Company from January
 1984 to August 1995 and Director of Operations of the Company in 1983. From
 1979 to 1982, Mr. Atwood was a Store Manager at Bread & Circus Supermarkets, a
 super natural chain. Mr. Atwood served on the Company's Board of Directors
 from August 1988 to December 1997.
     Bud Mayberry, age 58, provides over 30 years of retail food management
 experience to his expanded role with NRG.  Mr. Mayberry began his career with
 the Winn Dixie chain, where he learned all aspects of store operations. He
 then went on to a number of other management positions, including Executive
 Vice President of Boogaarts of Florida and Food Store Manager of Super-K
 Centers (K-Mart Corp.).
     Barclay Hope, age 46, has served as the General Manager for Albert's
 Organics West since 1997. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Hope opened a Wild Oats
 retail store in Hollywood, CA and managed a Wild Oats retail store in Santa
 Monica, CA. Prior to that, from 1988 until 1995, he owned Buonapasta, a Santa
 Barbara-based fresh pasta and ravioli company. From 1981 until 1998 Mr. Hope
 co-owned and managed two California based natural food stores called Hope 'n
 Hagens.
 
     About United Natural Foods
     United Natural Foods, Inc. distributes over 30,000 products to more than
 7,000 customers in 50 states. The Company serves a wide variety of retail
 formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores
 and independent retail operators.
     For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., via fax at no charge,
 please dial 1-800-PRO-INFO and enter the Company's ticker symbol, UNFI. Or,
 visit the Company's web-site at www.unfi.com .
     "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding United Natural's business
 which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve
 risks and uncertainties.  For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties,
 which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the
 forward-looking statements, including but not limited to general business
 conditions, the impact of competition and our dependence on principal
 customers, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual report on Form 10-Q
 filed with the Commission on December 15, 2000, and its other filings under
 the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  Any forward-looking
 statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
 of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made.  United Natural is not
 undertaking to update any information in the foregoing reports until the
 effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws.
 
 SOURCE  United Natural Foods, Inc.