AT&T Chosen to Modernize Network Services for United Natural Foods

Dayville, Connecticut, January 3, 2008

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced a new three-year, $1.2 million contract with United Natural Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: UNFI), a leading independent national distributor of natural foods and products. AT&T will provide new fiber-access services to the company to enable it to more effectively manage its business communications requirements.

Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will provide United Natural Foods with ACCU-Ring® Network Access Service — a private SONET ring providing dedicated high speed access. The service will enable United Natural Foods to virtually eliminate data center downtime caused by access issues and enhance application performance by consolidating all voice, data and video traffic.

AT&T's ACCU-Ring architecture will protect United Natural Food's critical applications from being disrupted or degraded in quality because of loss of signal or transmission impairment because it employs a dual-fiber self-healing ring with a primary and protected path. By modernizing network access services from copper to fiber, United Natural Foods will be able to more effectively control costs and position itself for newer access technologies that will scale with the company as its communications needs grow.

"AT&T's solution gives us the confidence and security of private network services and the protection of high reliability for our mission-critical applications, helping our business run more effectively," said Ken Greene, Vice President, IT Compliance and Logistics. "We are now well-positioned with AT&T to take advantage of future technologies."

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