NEW YORK — Associated Foods Holdings here said Monday that it has entered an agreement with United Natural Foods Inc. for UNFI to be its primary natural-products wholesaler.


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“We are excited to be offering new and additional products to our store owners,” said Harry Laufer, co-chief executive officer of Associated. “Our partnership with UNFI will allow Associated to continue to be more competitive and grow our 250-store base.”

Associated provides grocery distribution, financing, marketing and promotional services to independently owned and operated grocery stores, which typically carry the “Associated” or “Compare” trade name.

Prior to the UNFI agreement, Associated did not have a formal agreement with a natural-products supplier, a spokeswoman for Associated told SN. The volume of business that the contract represents was not disclosed.

Steven Spinner, UNFI’s president and CEO, added, "We are pleased to start a new relationship with Associated Supermarkets, a top retailer in the New York market. Given the evolving nature of the New York City market, we understand the demand for natural and organic products and are excited to be a part of that growth."

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