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US Foods to acquire food distributor F. Christiana

FBR Staff Writer Published 05 June 2017

US Foods has agreed to acquire F. Christiana, a Louisiana-based food service and retail distributor for an undisclosed price.

F. Christiana focuses on the major center-of-the-plate categories along with dairy and dry goods.

A family-owned company, F. Christiana has about $100m in annual sales as per US Foods. It has more than 1,800 independent hotel, restaurant, and independent deli/convenience store customers across Louisiana, parts of southern Alabama, and southern Mississippi.

US Foods south region president Keith Knight said: “F. Christiana has an excellent reputation in the independent operator space.

“When combined with their success in key strategic markets such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this acquisition will further enhance our position with new and existing customers in Louisiana.”

Following the acquisition which is expected to be completed in the middle of this month, F. Christiana will retain its brand name and will continue to operate in its existing 70,000ft2 facility.

F. Christiana general manager Nick Christiana said: “We see many similarities between US Foods and F. Christiana, most important of which is the passion for bringing value to its customers to help them succeed.

“With the size and scale of US Foods, our customers will have increased access to new and innovative products and business solutions to help them continue to grow their businesses profitably.”

In late April, US Foods entered into an agreement to acquire California-based meat manufacturing company FirstClass Foods.

Prior to that in March, the foodservice distribution giant agreed to acquire SRA Foods, an Alabama-based meat processor and distributor.

Both FirstClass Foods and SRA Foods were planned to be part of US Foods’ Stock Yards unit.


Image: US Foods agrees to purchase F. Christiana. Photo: courtesy of Chaiwat/Freedigitalphotos.net.