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): October 9, 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.

(c) On October 9, 2006, United Natural Foods, Inc. (the "Company") announced the
promotion of Mark E. Shamber to the position of Vice President, Chief Financial
Officer and Treasurer from Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and
Corporate Controller. Mr. Shamber, age 37, had served as the Company's Acting
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since January 2006.

      Mr. Shamber has served as Vice President of the Company since August 2005,
as the Company's Chief Accounting Officer since January 2006 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 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 announcing Mr. Shamber's promotion and the
promotion of Lisa N'Chonon to the position of Corporate Controller of the
Company is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto.

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 October 9, 2006: United
                              Natural Foods, Inc. Appoints Mark E. Shamber as
                              Chief Financial Officer.


      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 Chief Financial

                                        Date: October 10, 2006