United Natural Foods, Inc. Selected as New Grocery Wholesaler by Key Food
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
PROVIDENCE, RI - United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) has struck a deal with Key Food Stores Co-Operative in a partnership that will see expected sales of approximately $10 billion over the next ten years.
“Key Food, whose members operate more than 315 stores, is a rapidly growing organization with a large market share in the New York market,” said UNFI Chairman and CEO, Steven Spinner. “We have recently begun to service their Florida stores and are excited to expand service to their Northeast stores toward the end of 2021. We believe our unmatched product variety and knowledge of today’s consumer will benefit Key Food and its retailers, and we look forward to driving value to their operations.”
In its role as the primary grocery wholesaler, UNFI will supply Key Food stores with conventional, natural, and organic grocery products, along with a wide variety of international items.
“We are excited about our relationship with UNFI,” said Key Food Chief Executive Officer Dean Janeway. “Their unique ability to service the entire store on a single delivery in addition to their industry expertise and buying power gives Key Food members an advantage in the marketplace. We are thrilled to partner with the UNFI team, and our members look forward to offering UNFI’s full line of products to their shoppers.”
According to a press release, UNFI will also be expanding the scope of its distribution network through a new state-of-the-art, Class A facility in Pennsylvania.
The facility, which is currently under construction in Lehigh County, is strategically located to provide an additional 1.3 million square feet of distribution capacity for UNFI’s new and existing customers in the greater Northeast and surrounding areas, including Key Food.
The distribution center is expected to open in fall of next year.
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