PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Independent customers of United Natural Foods Inc. here have experienced sales growth in recent months, the natural and organic products distributor said. In a conference call with analysts discussing results for its fiscal second quarter, UNFI said its sales volume to independents rose by 7.9% in the quarter, excluding the impact of acquisitions. “It's consumer demand, No. 1,” said Steven L. Spinner, chief executive officer, in explaining the growth among smaller ...

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