Business Analysis of United Natural Foods

 Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And Business Improvement Opportunities of United Natural Foods

UNITED NATURAL FOODS

Business Overview

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and retails natural, organic, and specialty foods and non-food products in the United States and Canada. The company operates through three divisions: Wholesale, Retail, and Manufacturing and Branded Products. The Wholesale division offers grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and foodservice products, and personal care products. This segment also distributes an array of specialty protein, cheese, deli, food service, and bakery goods; and organic and conventional produce and non-produce perishable items, and natural and organic specialty and gourmet ethnic products, as well as vitamins, minerals, and supplements. The Retail division operates 13 natural products retail stores primarily in Florida. The Manufacturing and Branded Products division is involved in importing, roasting, packaging, and distributing nuts, dried fruits, seeds, trail mixes, granola, natural and organic snack items, and confections. This segment also provides Blue Marble Brands products on wholesale basis through third-party distributors in organic, natural, and specialty food brands, as well as directly to retailers; and Field Day brand products primarily to customers in its independent natural products retailer channel. The company serves independently owned natural products retailers, supernatural chains, conventional supermarkets, and mass market chains, as well as foodservice, e-commerce, and international customers outside Canada. United Natural Foods, Inc. was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods


R&P Rank: 332
Sector: Consumer Goods
Industry:Food Distribution
H.Q Location:Rhode Island
Website: www.unfi.com
Company Address:
313 IRON HORSE WAY, PROVIDENCE RI 02908
Ph:401-528-8634

Business Analysis of United Natural Foods

The Consumer Goods Sector is witnessing a major shakeup, new age business models in the industry are transforming both customers and businesses. Faced with this uncertainity, companies are investing resources to transform their business. An in-depth business analysis is a valuable resource to identify and articulate the need for a business model change. At R&P Research we believe, the starting point for a business analysis is Benchmarking. Business benchmarking can be done at various levels: 1) Industry Benchmarking 2) Peer Benchmarking 3) Disruptors Benchmarking. In this report, we share the snapshot of how United Natural Foods compares against the industry on the major performance indicators. This analysis, along with peer group/disruptors benchmarking and revenue model understanding can help identify growth and cost optimization opportunities to maximize the value delivered by United Natural Foods to its stakeholders. R&P Research Industry Intelligence Platform provides historical data for last 15 years with an easy to use benchmarking interface for an in-depth comparative business analysis.

Here is the performance snapshot of United Natural Foods with an interactive chart.

  1. Revenue Growth: United Natural Foods reported a revenue growth of 3.5% year-on-year during 2016. Food Distribution Industry grew at 4.9% in the same period
  2. COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods spent 84.9% of its total revenues on COGS. Food Distribution industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 85.3%
  3. R&D share of Revenues: United Natural Foods R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
  4. SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods spent 12.4% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Food Distribution industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 11.6%
  5. Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods spent 12.1% of its total revenues on Inventories. Food Distribution industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 5.6%
  6. Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods invested 5.3% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Food Distribution industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 5.1%
  7. Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods invested 5.8% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Food Distribution industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 6.3%
  8. PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods invested 7.3% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Food Distribution industry average PPE investment in the same period was 6.4%
  9. Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, United Natural Foods invested 6.9% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Food Distribution industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 10.6%
  10. Net Margins: United Natural Foods Net Margins in the year 2016 were 1.5%. Food Distribution industry average Net Margins in the same period were 1.3%

Sector and Industry Association of United Natural Foods

For the purpose of performance benchmarking of a company with a sector or industry average, R&P Research associates every company with one sector and one industry. An industry consists of companies with related/similar business models. A sector comprises of a group of related/similar industries.

United Natural Foods is associated with Consumer Goods Sector and Food Distribution Industry.

Consumer Goods sector is comprised of the following industries: Beverages; Personal Goods; Food Products; Diversified Food; Household Goods & Home Construction; Food Distribution; Tobacco; Toys and Games. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:

  • Beverages industry consists of: Brewing Companies - manufacturers of cider or malt products such as beer, ale and stout; Distillers and Vintners Companies - blenders and shippers of wine and spirits such as whisky, brandy, rum, gin or liqueurs; and Soft Drinks Companies - manufacturers, bottlers and distributors of nonalcoholic beverages, such as soda, fruit juices, tea, coffee and bottled water.
  • Personal Goods industry includes: Clothing & Accessories Companies - manufacturers and distributors of all types of clothing, jewellery, watches or textiles, sportswear, sunglasses, eyeglass frames, leather clothing and goods, and processors of hides and skins; Footwear Companies - manufacturers and distributors of shoes, boots, sandals, sneakers and other types of footwear; and Consumer Packaged Goods Companies - makers and distributors of cosmetics, toiletries and personal-care and hygiene products, including deodorants, soaps, toothpaste, perfumes, diapers, shampoos, razors and feminine hygiene products.
  • Food Products industry includes: Farming & Fishing companies - companies that grow crops or raise livestock, operate sherries or own non-tobacco plantation; Food Products Companies - food producers, including meatpacking, snacks, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and frozen seafood. It also includes producers of pet food and manufacturers of dietary supplements, vitamins and related items.
  • Diversified Food industry includes companies that offer a diverse portfolio of food products across agricultural, animal and dairy product categories.
  • Household Goods & Home Construction industry includes companies that offer: Durable Household Products - Manufacturers and distributors of domestic appliances, lighting, hand tools and power tools, hardware, cutlery, tableware, garden equipment, luggage, towels and linens; Nondurable Household Products - Producers and distributors of pens, paper goods, batteries, light bulbs, tissues, toilet paper and cleaning products such as soaps and polishes; Furnishings - Manufacturers and distributors of furniture, including chairs, tables, desks, carpeting, wallpaper and office furniture; Home Construction - constructors of residential homes, including manufacturers of mobile and prefabricated homes intended for use in one place.
  • Food Distribution industry includes companies that distribute food, beverage and consumer goods to restaurants, healthcare, educational facilities, lodging establishments; equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries.
  • Tobacco industry includes Manufacturers and distributors of cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. It also includes tobacco plantations.
  • Toys and Games industry consists of manufacturers and distributors of toys and video/computer games, including such toys and games as playing cards, board games, stuffed animals and dolls.

Industry Ranking of United Natural Foods

With $8.5 billion revenues, United Natural Foods ranked number 6 of all the companies in the US Food Distribution industry. There were a total of 9 public companies in the US Food Distribution industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.

The top companies in the US Food Distribution industry by revenues during 2016 were:

  1. Sysco ($50.4 billion)
  2. US Foods ($22.9 billion)
  3. Performance Food Group ($16.1 billion)
  4. Core-Mark ($14.5 billion)
  5. Aramark ($14.4 billion)
  6. United Natural Foods ($8.5 billion)
  7. SpartanNash ($7.7 billion)
  8. Amcon Distributing ($1.3 billion)
  9. Chefs' Warehouse ($1.2 billion)

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Industry Peers and Competitors of united-natural-foods

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Aramark (ARMK) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And...

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SpartanNash (SPTN) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities, And...

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Amcon Distributing (DIT) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities,...

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Chefs’ Warehouse (CHEF) Business Analysis – Analyze Historical Performance, Strategic Priorities,...

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Revenues Analysis

United Natural Foods (UNFI) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2012 To...

This report provides the last five years revenues and revenue growth of United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) from 2012 to 2016. United Natural Foods generated a total of $8.5 billion revenues during 2016. United Natural Foods reported a revenue growth of 3.5% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in July.

United Natural Foods (UNFI) Revenues And Revenue Growth From 2002 To...

This report provides the last fifteen years revenues and revenue growth of United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) from 2002 to 2016. United Natural Foods generated a total of $8.5 billion revenues during 2016. United Natural Foods reported a revenue growth of 3.5% year-over-year during 2016. The revenues and the revenue growth correspond to the fiscal year ending in July.

United Natural Foods (UNFI) Revenue Growth Comparison With Industry Growth From...

This report provides a comparison of United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI) revenue growth with Food Distribution industry growth during the last five years from 2012 to 2016. United Natural Foods reported a revenue growth of 3.5% year-over-year during 2016. The Food Distribution industry growth was 4.9% year-over-year during 2016. United Natural Foods growth was slower than the industry during 2016.