United Natural Foods has appointed Randle Lindberg to the position of president of the western region of America.

Lindberg, formerly the president and CEO of Nature's Best for 26 years, has experience of operations, sales and marketing, analysis and implementation of acquisitions, and strategic planning.

During his tenure at Nature's Best, the company expanded its geographic presence from Southern California to 11 western states, Hawaii, Alaska and certain international markets.

United Natural Foods executive vice president and chief operating officer Richard Antonelli said: "As United Natural Foods continues to extend its business, we are focused on building a solid organisation committed to our customers' success over the long term. Consistent with this focus, we are pleased to announce the addition of an extremely well-respected executive to our management team.

"Randle brings to our organisation a wealth of operating experience, an extensive knowledge of our industry and strong relationships with natural food retailers and suppliers in the Western part of the United States."

United Natural Foods carries and distributes more than 40,000 products to more than 20,000 customers across the US, serving conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retail operators and the foodservice channel. Lindberg starts as western region president on 30 January 2006.