United Natural Foods Inc is incorporated in Delaware. The Company is a distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. It offers natural, organic and specialty foods and non-food products, consisting of national, regional and private label brands in six product categories: grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products and personal care items. It serves more than 40,000 customer locations mainly located across the United States and Canada which can be classified as follows: independently owned natural products retailers, which include buying clubs; supernatural chains, which consist solely of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (Whole Foods Market); conventional supermarkets and mass market chains; and other, which includes foodservice and international customers outside of Canada. Its operations are comprised of three operating divisions. These operating divisions are: its wholesale division, which includes its broadline natural, organic and specialty distribution business in the United States; UNFI Canada, which is its natural, organic and specialty business in Canada; Albert's, is a distributor within the United States of organically grown produce and non-produce perishable items; and Select Nutrition, which distributes vitamins, minerals and supplements; its retail division, consisting of Earth Origins, which operates its thirteen natural products retail stores within the United States; and its manufacturing division, consisting of Woodstock Farms Manufacturing, which specializes in the international importation, roasting, packaging and distribution of nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items and confections, and its Blue Marble Brands product lines. Its main competition comes from direct distribution. Its wholesale distribution competitor in both the United States and Canada is KeHE Distributors, LLC (Kehe). Its natural products retail stores compete against other natural products outlets, conventional supermarkets and specialty stores. The Company's operations and many of the products that it distributes in the United States are subject to regulation by state and local health departments, the USDA and the United States Food and Drug Administration, which generally impose standards for product quality and sanitation and are responsible for the administration of bioterrorism legislation.
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