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UNFI Concludes 2023 Annual Natural Holiday Show

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Providence, Rhode Island-based United Natural Foods Inc. held its Natural Holiday Product Show June 7-8 at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center in Uncasville, Connecticut, where it showcased natural products to help food retailers drive growth and profitability during the upcoming holiday selling period.

More than 2,500 customers visited more than 730 exhibitors during the two-day show. The Mohegan show was the second of four that the distributor is hosting this year. It focused on natural and organic products for the holiday period. UNFI uses it shows to demonstrate the company’s products, services, technology, insights and innovation to help community grocers of all sizes differentiate, grow and succeed.

“Our No. 1 objective is to help our customers drive profitable and sustainable growth. Our shows demonstrate the unique ability we have through our scale, insights and innovative offerings to help retailers of all sizes and formats compete effectively,” said Steve Dietz, chief customer officer.

“We partner with suppliers to help customers plan their store offerings, learn about new and exclusive products, manage supply challenges and secure deals and promotions that drive sales and, ultimately, consumer loyalty.”

Focus on consumer value drives customer engagement

While inflation has moderated through the first half of 2023, food prices remain elevated and shoppers are focusing on good deals for their dollars. As such, retailers in attendance at UNFI’s Mohegan show sought value and came looking for ways to offer their shoppers more for their money.

“UNFI continues to be one of our most valued partners. The expertise they bring to our natural, organic and specialty foods program is exceptional, and we leave their shows knowing that we are bringing great natural and organic products, at an excellent value, to our consumers,” said Mike Cormier, VP of center store for Big Y.

At UNFI’s Mohegan show, there were more than 1,000 new products on display. Additionally, the venue provided the opportunity for constructive customer and supplier meetings.

“Our customers are always on the hunt for new ways to bring their shoppers value, whether it be through better pricing or new products, and our suppliers showed up ready to deal. It was a great show, and a highly productive environment for everyone involved,” Dietz said.

The next UNFI show will be the Conventional Winter Show on August 8-9 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For information on UNFI shows, visit unfishowcases.com.

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