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UNFI’s Central Region Gains New Leadership

headshot of JJ Schlangen, central region president of UNFI

UNFI has appointed JJ Schlangen to central region president, effective Feb. 5, where he will lead one of the company’s three sales divisions and report to Chief Customer Officer Steve Dietz.

Schlangen joined UNFI in 2015 as a member of Supervalu’s financial analyst team. During his tenure with the company, he has served in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility, helping drive customer profitability and supporting strategic investments in wholesale and fresh. 

Most recently, Schlangen has served in the role of VP of sales strategy and operations since 2022, where he helped develop and implement new sales training and processes, which enabled the team to close significant new business and contributed to the creation of a best-in-class sales and customer support organization.  

“JJ is a collaborative leader who aligns his teams against both strategy and processes that lead to  positive results for customers,” Dietz said. 

“He has been a tremendous partner to me over the last several years as we have reimagined our team to focus on helping our retail customers grow, however they are positioned in the market.”  

About UNFI 

UNFI is a grocery wholesaler, providing a variety of fresh, branded and owned brand products to more than 30,000 locations throughout North America, including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, e-commerce providers and food service customers.

UNFI also offers a range of value-added services and segmented marketing expertise, including proprietary technology, data, market insights and shelf management to help customers and suppliers.

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