Phillip Arons is national director of retail category management for UNFI, distributor of natural, organic and speciality foods. His background in the specialty food industry spans over forty years. Throughout his career he has held several positions that have brought vast diversity in practical experience. In the early eighties, as a sales manager of a specialty wholesale distribution company in the Northeast, he recalls servicing what was then referred to as “health food stores," natural products that have grown to become mainstream giants. He later advanced to supermarket management, merchandising management, and was later VP of specialty food marketing for an east-coast company.
With a B.S. in chemistry, Phillip has found a way to intertwine science and his intuitive industry knowledge for a unique, innovative and practical approach to retail category management, which is a key point of delineation for UNFI