United Natural Foods Inc. said Tuesday it has signed a “long-term supply agreement extension” with National Co+op Grocers (NCG) to continue as the primary grocery wholesaler and national distributor to NCG-affiliated retail food co-ops.
St. Paul, Minn.-based NCG, a certified B Corp. purchasing co-op, represents 147 member co-ops operating more than 200 storefronts in 38 states with combined annual sales of about $2.1 billion, and is one of the largest customers of UNFI.
Providence, R.I.-based UNFI is the top U.S. publicly-traded grocery distributor (NYSE: UNFI), following its October 2018 acquisition of major food wholesaler SuperValu Inc. for $2.3 billion.
UNFI has worked with NCG since the business services cooperative was founded in 1999, with UNFI primarily supplying NCG member co-ops with a wide variety of natural and organic products.
The new supply agreement has UNFI offering NCG’s member co-ops access to more than 250,000 SKUs of natural, organic, conventional, specialty, bulk, and wellness products.
NCG said it is “working closely with UNFI to find the best program offerings within the over 150 customizable solutions designed to provide operational flexibility and financial savings through UNFI’s Professional Services division.”