PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway here may be poised to shift its natural and specialty food business to United Natural Foods Inc., Providence, R.I. According to Edward Aaron, a Denver-based analyst with RBC Capital Markets, Toronto, Safeway's contracts with the current distributors, Kehe Food Distributors/Tree of Life, Romeoville, Ill., and DPI Specialty Foods, Evanston, Ill., are expiring this summer, "and given its low-cost position and high service levels, we believe UNFI is emerging as the ...

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