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United Natural Foods, Inc. Announces Plans to Expand Iowa City, IA Facility And the Completion of Chesterfield, NH Expansion

July 15, 2003

DAYVILLE, Conn., July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Natural Foods, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNFI) today announced that it has received approval from local planning and zoning officials to commence the expansion of its Iowa City, Iowa distribution facility from its existing 120,000 square feet to 260,000 square feet. The Company acquired the facility, located at 2340 Heinz Road in Iowa City, Iowa, when it acquired Blooming Prairie Cooperative in October 2002.

Steven Townsend, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "I am pleased that the project was approved by the Iowa City Council, which cited the benefits of new jobs and increased commercial and industrial development. We are planning to begin the project by September 2003 and expect the expansion to be completed by Spring 2004. Accommodating our current and near-term growth plans, the expansion of our Iowa City facility will enable us to provide enhanced service levels to our midwestern customers and continue to grow our sales base in that market. Furthermore, additional storage space allows for more product diversity and the elimination of outside storage expenses. While we anticipate incremental short-term costs during the first half of fiscal 2004, we expect the efficiencies created by expanding our Iowa City facility to lower our expenses relative to sales over the long-term."

Mr. Townsend continued, "On June 23, 2003 we completed the expansion of our Chesterfield, New Hampshire distribution facility, which included the consolidation of our operations from Brattleboro, Vermont to Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The result is a 289,000 square foot facility that provides more product diversity and enables us to better serve customers in our Eastern Region. The success of this major transition was possible because of the transition team's diligence, planning and execution."

About United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Inc. carries and distributes over 30,500 products to more than 11,000 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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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding United Natural Foods, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to general business conditions, the impact of competition and our dependence on principal customers, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 16, 2003, and its other filings under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and, as such, speak only as of the date made. United Natural Foods, Inc. is not undertaking to update any information in the foregoing reports until the effective date of its future reports required by applicable laws.

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