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UNFI Completes Acquisition Of SuperValu, Names New Leadership Team

UNFI Completes Acquisition Of SuperValu, Names New Leadership Team

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

After its July acquisition of SuperValu, United Natural Foods (UNFI) announced that it has completed that transaction for approximately $2.9 billion and is now working on restructuring its leadership team.

Steven Spinner, Chairman and CEO of UNFI, will lead the combined teams of UNFI and SuperValu, supported by the following executives, who will continue to report to him:

  • Chris Testa, President of UNFI
  • Danielle Benedict, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Eric Dorne, Chief Administrative Officer & Chief Information Officer
  • Paul Green, Chief Supply Chain Officer
  • Jill Sutton, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
  • Mike Zechmeister, Chief Financial Officer

Steven Spinner, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, United Natural Foods, Inc."Today is an important milestone for UNFI. We will take the best from both businesses to create North America's premier food wholesaler with significant scale, reach and choices for our customers. We are pleased to welcome our new colleagues from SuperValu as well as their customers and suppliers to UNFI. Our companies share customer-centric cultures and dedicated associates who are committed to continuous improvement, which will help drive our integration programs," said Spinner in a company news release.

Sean Griffin, previously UNFI's Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of SuperValu and Head of the Integration Committee. According to a news release, this committee includes executives from both companies to drive the implementation of best practices from each company and delivery of synergies as well as a rapid and smooth integration.

According to a news release, this Integration Committee includes executives from both companies to drive the implementation of best practices from each company

The following executives will support the SuperValu business operations and report directly to Sean Griffin:

  • Anne Dament, EVP Retail, Marketing and Private Brands
  • Mike Stigers, EVP Wholesale

Sean Griffin, Retiring COO, United Natural Foods, Inc."We are excited to continue to further build out the store to a more diverse customer base across the country, with both broad better-for-you natural, organic brands and fresh perimeter offerings, as we capitalize on opportunities to cross-sell and realize the benefits of the greater scale we now have as a combined company," stated Griffin. "Work has already begun for the company to realize the significant projected run-rate cost synergies associated with this transaction more than $175 million by year three and more than $185 million by year four—and we are committed to improving profitability into the future. We believe that we can achieve these targets and leverage scalable systems to streamline our processes, more efficiently meet the needs of our customers, and reduce future capital expenditures. We look forward to providing an update on our integration efforts at our January 16, 2019 investor day."

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UNFI is the leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the...

SUPERVALU is a grocery industry leader, serving customers through over 3,400 owned, licensed, franchised and affiliated stores across the country. Our roots are in supply and wholesale distribution...