United Natural Foods Names Eric W. Zitelli President of Hershey Import Company

November 7, 2001

Commenting on the news, Mr. Funk said, "We are delighted to welcome Eric Zitelli to the United Natural Foods team. With over 25 years experience in both the natural foods and consumer product industries, Eric brings a wealth of marketing, sales and operating management experience to this position. His leadership and vision was instrumental in the successful creation of nSpired Natural Foods, a California based company focused on natural and organic snack foods. As founder and president he played a key role in the organization's growth, highlighted by a significant increase in revenues in less than two years. He fully understands the natural products industry and we are confident that he will play an integral role in leading Hershey's to continued growth and profitability."

Prior to founding nSpired Natural Foods in 1998, Mr. Zitelli was a Principal of The Zitelli Group, a sales and marketing consulting firm. From 1984 through 1997, he was a Co-founder and Principal of Unger, Zitelli and Sletten, a business development firm advising Fortune 500 consumer product companies on new product innovation, new business start-ups, brand promotion, advertising, sales management and sales promotion. He previously worked in a variety of marketing, advertising and sales positions for Rexall Corporation, D'Arcy Advertising and Ralston Purina Company. He has a MBA from Southern Illinois University and a BA in Psychology from California State University.

Hershey Import Company, headquartered in Rahway, New Jersey, is a leading importer, processor, packager, and marketer of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes, natural and organic products, and confections in the United States. Product is sold in its own packaged snack lines: EXPRESSnacks, Woodstock Farms and Woodfield Farms, as well as in bulk. Hershey also provides private label packaging for many large natural products, supermarket and convenience store chains.

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes over 30,000 products to more than 7,000 customers nationwide. The Company serves a wide variety of retail formats including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores and independent retail operators.

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SOURCE United Natural Foods, Inc.


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