Steven Spinner, United Natural Foods Inc.

2014 Power 50 Wholesalers: No. 6 Steve Spinner President and CEO United Natural Foods Inc. Key Development: Acquired Tony’s Fine Foods. What’s Next: Open new DCs, explore further acquisitions.

Like many in the industry, Steve Spinner has his eye on the store perimeter.

The acquisition of Tony’s Fine Foods, which was completed this month, gives United Natural Foods Inc. a major foothold in proteins and specialty cheese, categories the distributor has been talking about getting into for the past few years.

UNFI’s president and CEO told analysts on a May call announcing the deal that Tony’s was the No. 1 acquisition for UNFI in recent years.

“With consumers

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