Natural Foods Merchandiser


Funk succeeds Townsend at UNFI
Michael Funk has once again taken the reins as president and chief executive at United Natural Foods Inc., the megadistributor he co-founded in 1996.

Funk stepped in Oct. 24 after Steven Townsend announced he would retire as president and CEO to devote more time to ?other investments and business interests.? In a conference call, Funk told Wall Street analysts that Townsend?s decision was personal and not related to ?anything that is impacting the company?s current business practices.?

Townsend will continue as chairman until UNFI?s annual meeting Dec. 8 and serve the company as a consultant. He started in the naturals business with UNFI?s predecessor company, Cornucopia Natural Foods, in 1979.

Funk co-founded Mountain People?s Warehouse, another of UNFI?s predecessor companies, in 1976. He has been a board member since UNFI was founded and at various times has served as CEO, president, board chairman and vice chairman.

He told analysts that he had become ?a little bored? with retirement but declined to speculate how long he will serve as CEO.

Calendars boost organics in Marin
There?s cheese, but no cheesecake, in a new pictorial calendar. The Marin Organic Farmers? Calendar showcases the faces and products of more than a dozen organic producers in this northern California county. The cooperative?s ambitious goal is to make Marin ?the first all-organic county in the nation.?

Among the photos are three generations of men named Jerome Draper who raise heirloom vegetables in San Anselmo; golden hills of olive groves at McEvoy Ranch; and Wild Blue Farm?s display of dried herbs, fruits and edible flowers at the Point Reyes Farmers? Market.

Calendars are $18, plus tax, shipping and handling. Order one at or call 415.663.9667. Proceeds fund the cooperative?s promotional and educational activities.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 12/p. 12

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