United Sees Minimal Impact From Whole Foods Merger

Wholesaler United Natural Foods expects only a “minor” sales impact as the result of the merger of its two largest retail customers, Whole Foods and Wild Oats.

DAYVILLE, Conn. — Wholesaler United Natural Foods here expects only a “minor” sales impact as the result of the merger of its two largest retail customers, Whole Foods and Wild Oats. “We believe that most of the consumers in the closed stores will begin shopping in other accounts that we service,” Michael Funk, chief executive officer, said in an earnings conference call Friday, days after Whole Foods acquired its rival. Wild Oats stores that are retained by Whole Foods should begin to see co

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