Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
                         Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 17, 2006

                           UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.
             (Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

             Delaware                   000-21531              05-0376157
   (State or Other Jurisdiction        (Commission           (IRS Employer
        of Incorporation)             File Number)        Identification No.)

                                  260 Lake Road
                               Dayville, CT 06241
               (Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

                                 (860) 779-2800
              (Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

                                 Not Applicable
          (Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors;
Appointment of Principal Officers.

On January 17, 2006, United Natural Foods, Inc. (the "Company") issued a press
release announcing the resignation of Rick Puckett as the Company's Executive
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective January 27,
2006. Mark E. Shamber, currently Vice President and Corporate Controller, has
been appointed as the Company's Chief Accounting Officer and will serve as the
Company's acting Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer while the Company
conducts a search for a permanent replacement.

Mr. Shamber, age 37, has served as Vice President since August 2005 and as the
Company's Corporate Controller since June 2003. From February 1995 until June
2003, prior to joining the Company, he worked for the international accounting
firm of Ernst & Young LLP within the assurance and advisory business systems
practice, serving in various positions of increasing responsibility up to and
including senior manager. Prior to that, Mr. Shamber also worked within the
finance department at Reebok International Ltd. He is a member of the AICPA and
MSCPA and holds a CPA license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr.
Shamber graduated from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts with a BS in

The Company presently does not intend to enter into a formal employment
agreement with Mr. Shamber.

A copy of the press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

Item 7.01.  Regulation FD Disclosure.

The following information is being furnished under Item 7.01. Regulation FD
Disclosure. This information, including the exhibit attached as Exhibit 99.2
hereto, shall not be deemed "filed" for any purpose, including for the purposes
of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise
subject to the liabilities of that Section. The information in this Item 7.01,
including Exhibit 99.2, shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any
filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or under the Exchange Act,
regardless of any general incorporation language in such filing.

On January 17, 2006, the Company hosted a conference call to discuss the January
17, 2006 press release. A transcript of the conference call is furnished as
Exhibit 99.2 to this Form 8-K.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits

(a)   Financial Statements of Businesses Acquired: Not Applicable

(b)   Pro Forma Financial Information: Not Applicable

(c)   Exhibits.

               Exhibit No.    Description
               -----------    -----------

                   99.1       Press Release, dated January 17, 2006: United
                              Natural Foods, Inc. Chief Financial Officer
                              Resigns to Accept New Position; Company Appoints
                              Acting Chief Financial Officer.

                   99.2       Transcript of United Natural Foods, Inc. January
                              17, 2006 conference call regarding its January 17,
                              2006 press release


      Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                          UNITED NATURAL FOODS, INC.

                                          By: /s/ Mark E. Shamber
                                              Mark E. Shamber
                                              Vice President and acting Chief
                                              Financial Officer

                                          Date: January 17, 2006