United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) to Receive Vanguard Award at 9th Annual “Focus on the Future” Conference

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Virgo Publishing will recognize United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) with its annual Vanguard Award at the 9th annual “Focus on the Future” conference, Feb. 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ.

Virgo Publishing will recognize United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) with its annual Vanguard Award at the 9th annual “Focus on the Future” conference, Feb. 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ.

Click here to view Focus on the Future website: http://www.FocusOnTheFuture.net

The Vanguard Award recognizes leadership that has made an important impact on the health, wellness and nutrition industries. UNFI has achieved financial success while expanding efforts in sustainability and social responsibility. Examples of UNFI’s leadership include the company’s commitment to LEED® certification and sustainable operations, charitable efforts such as Vitamin Angels, Feeding America, and the work in Haiti, the use of solar power and other sustainable energy sources, and the hybrid vehicle program for employees.
Some select highlights of UNFI’s efforts and achievements include:

-UNFI has more than 10,000 solar panels covering more than 200,000 square feet at its Rocklin, Calif.; Dayville, Conn.; and Providence, R.I. facilities.

-UNFI provides any full time associate who has been with the company for more than one year with $3,000 toward the purchase of a hybrid vehicle.

-UNFI’s York, PA and Ridgefield, WA facilities have achieved LEED® Gold Certification by reducing water usage by more than 40%, sourcing building materials from regional suppliers and using recycled content, and diverting 95% of construction waste from local landfills.

-UNFI employees have travelled with Vitamin Angels to participate in community distributions and offer help where it is desperately needed.

To view the complete UNFI Corporate and Social Responsibility Report, click here: http://www.unfi.com/uploadedFiles/News/MMM_News/FINALE_csr2009-2010_LR.PDF

In addition to its deep commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, UNFI has also achieved exceptional financial success. In its most recent quarterly report, the company reported increases in sales and income, and surpassed the $1 billion mark for a quarter for the first time.

The award will be presented to UNFI’s Chairman and Co-Founder Michael Funk during the Awards Dinner, sponsored by Capsugel, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Focus on the Future.

“We appreciate receiving the Vanguard award and being recognized for our sustainability and philanthropy initiatives, as well as our business achievements,” said Michael Funk, UNFI Chairman and Co-Founder. “For over 35 years we have pioneered support for the organic industry and look forward to continuing to focus on how we can make our distribution model more sustainable.”

“The business success achieved by UNFI while expanding efforts in sustainability and social responsibility is deserving of recognition,” said Peggy Jackson, Vice President of the Virgo Publishing Health and Nutrition Division.”Their efforts have made a significant impact on the industry and on society, and should serve as a model for all of us.”

Previous award winners have included Natrol founder Elliott Balbert, Whole Foods Market, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega Three (GOED).

Focus on the Future is an exclusive summit for top executives in the dietary supplement and healthy food industries looking to explore new ideas, learn about emerging trends, and establish new connections. The education program features speakers and panels examining top-of-mind issues affecting the future of the industry. More information including a list of sessions can be found at http://www.FocusOnTheFuture.net.

About United Natural Foods:
United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes more than 60,000 products to more than 23,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada. 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 - 2010 as one of its "Most Admired Companies," winner of the Supermarket News 2008 Sustainability Excellence Award, and recognized by the Nutrition Business Journal for its 2009 Environment and Sustainability Award. For more information on United Natural Foods, Inc., visit the Company's website at http://www.unfi.com.

About Virgo Publishing:
Virgo Publishing produces the SupplySide Trade Shows and Conferences, the Focus on the Future Trends & Strategy Forum and InsideCosmeceuticals.com; and publishes Natural Products INSIDER, Natural Products Marketplace and Food Product Design magazines.


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