DAYVILLE, Conn., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Recognizing its commitment to the environment, United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) (the "Company") announced today the promotion of Thomas A. Dziki to the newly created position of Vice President of Sustainable Development. Dziki, age 45, will be responsible for uniting all of the Company's existing sustainability practices as well as developing and implementing new programs. In addition, Dziki will continue his responsibility of overseeing the Company's national real estate and construction activities, incorporating environmentally sustainable practices such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") building certification, indoor air quality assurance, and zero waste programs.

"United Natural Foods is committed to enhancing our environmental sustainability practices on a Company-wide level," said Michael Funk, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Tom has a diverse operating background in architecture, construction and conservation efforts, which makes him well suited for this important, new role."

Dziki, who joined the Company in May of 2002, has served in numerous positions of increasing responsibility within the Company, including Manager of Special Projects, Vice President of Special Projects, President of the Hershey Import Company, Inc. and President of Select Nutrition Distributors. His most recent role, National Vice President of Real Estate and Construction, will be incorporated into this new position.

Dziki holds degrees in Building Construction, Community and Regional Planning, and is a licensed architect with over 20 years of professional experience. He has long been involved with conservation efforts in his local community. Dziki recently became a member of the United States Green Building Council and is currently studying to become a LEED accredited professional.

"Environmental conservation, social responsibility, and sustainability and organic agriculture have always been an integral part of our organization's culture," commented Mr. Dziki. "As a leader in natural and organic distribution, we are committed to enhancing our efforts to explore alternative energy sources, recycle materials, and preserve our environment. I'm looking forward to implementing new programs and leading our organization to adopt more sustainable business practices."
From the March 13, 2007, Prepared Foods e-Flash