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PHOENIX, May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. (SFM) today announced the addition of Hari Avula to its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to welcome Hari to our Board of Directors,” said Jack Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Hari’s financial acumen and strategic experience in large-scale businesses will be invaluable as we continue to grow.”

Avula has been Chief Financial and Strategic Officer of Clif Bar & Company since May 2021, where he leads the financial management and corporate strategy functions for the nutritious and organic foods company. Avula joined Clif Bar from Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., (WBA) where he served as CFO of Global Business Transformation and Digital/IT from 2020-2021 and CFO of US Pharmacy Retail from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining Walgreens, Avula spent over 22 years at PepsiCo, Inc. in a variety of financial and strategic roles, culminating as Chief Financial Officer of Frito Lay North America from 2015 to 2017.

“I am delighted and honored to join the Sprouts Board of Directors,” said Avula. “I have long admired Sprouts for supporting wellbeing in its communities, and I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and the leadership team as Sprouts continues to fulfill its mission to expand the access to healthy lifestyle options.”

About Sprouts Farmers Market

Sprouts is where goodness grows. True to its farmhouse heritage, Sprouts offers a unique grocery experience with an open layout with fresh produce in the heart of the store. Sprouts naturally inspires wellness with a carefully selected assortment of better-for-you products paired with motivated people. The Wholesome Grocer continues to bring the latest healthy and innovative products made with lifestyle-friendly ingredients such as organic, plant-based and gluten-free ingredients. Headquartered in Phoenix and one of the largest and fastest growing fresh, natural and organic specialty food retailers in the United States, Sprouts employs approximately 31,000 team members and operates approximately 380 stores in 23 states. from the country. To learn more about Sprouts and the good it brings to communities, visit

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James V. Payne