NATURAL CAN GROW TO 15% OF GROCERY SALES, DISTRIBUTOR SAYS

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Increasing concerns about personal health and the safety of the food supply will continue to fuel the growth in conventional supermarkets of natural and organic products, which could account for as much as 15% of all grocery sales in five years, according to Steven Townsend, president and chief executive of Dayville, Conn.-based natural supplier United Natural Foods.Speaking at the

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Increasing concerns about personal health and the safety of the food supply will continue to fuel the growth in conventional supermarkets of natural and organic products, which could account for as much as 15% of all grocery sales in five years, according to Steven Townsend, president and chief executive of Dayville, Conn.-based natural supplier United Natural Foods.

Speaking at the RBC Capital Markets Consumer Conference here, Townsend estimated that natural and orga

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