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United Natural Foods August 10, 2015

For Release: Immediately

United Natural Foods, Inc. Receives Development Grant From Central Hudson

(Montgomery, New York) United Natural Foods, Incorporated (UNFI), located in Montgomery, Orange County, is the recipient of a $200,000 economic development grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation under the utility’s Shovel Ready Sites program. UNFI is the leading national distributor of natural and organic foods, specialty foods, and related products in the United States and Canada.

“Central Hudson is pleased to partner with UNFI and we welcome them to our region,” said James P. Laurito, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “We recognize the importance of new private sector investment and job creation in the Hudson Valley.”

“Central Hudson supports businesses like ours that create quality jobs,” said Tom Dziki, Chief Human Resources and Sustainability Officer, UNFI. “Their local community is a top priority, just as it is for UNFI. We are proud to be their partner in this economic development initiative.”

UNFI invested more than $58 million in its 505,000-square-foot distribution center catering to natural and organic retail grocery stores.  More than 35,000 products are housed in the facility, which also contains 135,000 square feet of refrigerated space. Products will be distributed to markets in northern New Jersey and New York State.  UNFI has already generated more than 350 new jobs in its first year of operation, and the company expects that it will ultimately create more than 500 jobs over two years at its new Orange County location. 

The Shovel Ready grant is funded through Central Hudson’s Economic Development programs, to help attract businesses and employers to the Mid-Hudson Valley. Central Hudson offers a suite of economic development incentives to current and prospective businesses to help retain and develop new employment opportunities.

“We are pleased to offer this grant to help promote the economic well-being of the Mid-Hudson Valley and to support companies that bring investment into the region,” said Laurito.

For more information on Central Hudson’s Economic Development programs, visit www.CentralHudson.com/economicdevelopment.

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Central Hudson Economic Development Grant

United Natural Foods, Incorporated (UNFI), located in Montgomery, Orange County, is the recipient of a $200,000 Shovel-Ready economic development grant from Central Hudson. The company opened a distribution center catering to natural and organic retail grocery stores, generating more than 350 jobs. UNFI expects to fill a total of 500 jobs over two years at this new location.