UNFI Seeks Efficiency Gains

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — United Natural Foods plans for gains in efficiency to trump a less-profitable but fast-growing sales mix in its new fiscal year. In financial results announced last week, the distributor said that moderating inflation and an increasing mix of sales to larger customers contributed to a decline in gross margin for the fourth quarter and 2010 fiscal year that ended July 31. While those

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — United Natural Foods plans for gains in efficiency to trump a less-profitable — but fast-growing — sales mix in its new fiscal year.

In financial results announced last week, the distributor said that moderating inflation and an increasing mix of sales to larger customers contributed to a decline in gross margin for the fourth quarter and 2010 fiscal year that ended July 31. While those trends are expected to continue in 2011, a new national supply-chain plat

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