Grocery wholesaler United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has promoted Bob Garibaldi to the role of president, Pacific Region, effective immediately. Previously Garibaldi served as UNFI’s senior vice president of sales, Pacific Region, a position he held since 2018.
In his new role, Garibaldi will lead UNFI’s Pacific region sales team with full accountability to support customers in the region with UNFI’s full portfolio of comprehensive products and services.
Garibaldi (left) began his career with UNFI’s Pacific region following the acquisition of SUPERVALU and before that spent 22 years in various leadership roles overseeing sales and customer service on the West Coast for both SUPERVALU and Unified Grocers. During his time with UNFI, Garibaldi has successfully led the Pacific Region through several complex sales reorganizations and system integrations.
“Bob is an insightful leader with in-depth industry knowledge and strong customer relationships, all of which will serve our Pacific region well as we continue to deliver on our long-term vision to transform the future of food,” said UNFI chief customer officer Steve Dietz. “Our total product assortment and service offerings allow us to offer more tailored solutions and I’m excited to see Bob and the entire Pacific Region utilize our portfolio to help our customers grow and succeed.”
In addition to his work at UNFI, Garibaldi has previously served as a member of the City of Hope Northern California Food Industries Circle and is currently active in California Grocers Association (CGA) and Northwest Grocery Association. Garibaldi holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.