US natural and organic food distributor United Natural Foods has announced plans to open a new distribution facility in Greenwood, Indiana.

The company said it has received approval from local planning officials to expand the new facility from its existing 277,000 square feet to 308,000 square feet.

The centre is scheduled to begin operations in July 2005 and will serve as a distribution hub for customers in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and other Midwest states. United Natural Foods currently has 15 distribution centres throughout the US.

"Continued strong sales growth for United Natural Foods and increasing consumer demand for natural and organic products create the need for this new state-of-the-art facility in the Midwest," said chief executive Steven Townsend.