DAYVILLE, Conn., June 28, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) (the "Company") today announced the appointment of Peter Roy, age 51, to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Roy joins United Natural Foods as an independent director and brings over three decades of experience in the natural products and healthy lifestyle industries. His appointment, effective immediately, increases the total number of Company directors to eight, including six independent directors.
Michael Funk, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to have Peter join our Board of Directors. Peter has a wealth of experience and significant business relationships in the healthy lifestyles industry and we look forward to his contributions as a member of United Natural Foods' Board of Directors."
Peter Roy is an entrepreneur and since 1999 has been a strategic advisor to North Castle Partners, a private equity fund focused exclusively on investments in consumer-driven product and service businesses that benefit from healthy living trends. As part of his advisory position, Mr. Roy served on the boards of Avalon Natural Products, a leader in the natural personal care products, and Naked Juice Company, a leader in the super premium juice category. Additionally, Mr. Roy currently serves on the board of directors of West Marine (WMAR) , the country's largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, and Traditional Medicinals, Inc, a leader in the manufacture and marketing of clinically tested herbal teas for the dietary supplement market in the U.S. and the natural health product market in Canada.
Peter Roy began his career in the natural products business in 1975, when he was employed at a Whole Food Company retail store in New Orleans, La. In 1978, he became President of Whole Food Company, which was acquired by Whole Foods Market in 1988. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Roy served as President of Whole Foods Market, Inc and, for five years prior to that, served as President of that company's West Coast Region.
Mr. Roy recently co-authored a book with Jim Autry titled The Book of Hard Choices: How to Make the Right Decisions at Work and Keep Your Self-Respect and just completed a two year term as Chairman of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), a non-profit wilderness education school. He remains on the NOLS Board of Trustees.
About United Natural Foods
United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes more than 40,000 products to more than 18,000 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."
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