DAYVILLE, Conn., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc., UNFI (the "Company") today announced that Rick Puckett has resigned as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective January 27, 2006, to accept the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer position at a publicly traded company that does not compete with United Natural Foods. Mr. Puckett has been with the Company since January 2003. Mr. Puckett will remain with the Company until January 27, 2006, to assist with transition matters, and will further assist the Company with the preparation and filing of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of fiscal 2006. Mark E. Shamber, currently Vice President and Corporate Controller, has been appointed the Company's Chief Accounting Officer and will serve as United Natural Foods' acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer while the Company conducts a search of internal and external candidates to fill the Chief Financial Officer role. Mr. Shamber will report directly to Michael Funk, President and Chief Executive Officer.