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The Chefs’ Warehouse Buys Fells Point Wholesale Meats

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Last updated on June 13th, 2024 at 04:51 pm

The Chefs’ Warehouse, a Ridgefield, Connecticut-based distributor of specialty food products in North America, acquired Fells Point Wholesale Meats of Baltimore, Maryland.

Founded in 1993, Fells Point is a specialty protein manufacturer and distributor serving the metro Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area.

Christopher Pappas, chairman and CEO of The Chefs’ Warehouse said, “We believe that this acquisition adds the processing facility needed to grow protein in the Northeast and even more importantly the expertise to support our nearly 150 sales professionals with over 5,000 customers in the region. Erik and Leo (Oosterwijk, of Fells Point) mastered the art of butchering in Europe and honed their craft in the United States.  Experts in specialty meat with a focus on quality and service to fine-dining establishments, we feel that Fells Point is built on principles that parallel our own.”

“I grew up in a butcher shop with my dad, at 12 years old I knew that this is what I was meant to do,” said Erik Oosterwijk, an owner and co-founder of Fells Point. “Leo and I were both educated in butcher schools in Europe and ultimately brought those skills and passions to Baltimore. Nearly 25 years ago we bought a small place in Little Italy and eventually became one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of high-end meat in the Baltimore area. We look forward to joining Chris, an entrepreneur himself, and the rest of the Chefs’ Warehouse team as we all focus on providing our customers the highest quality specialty products and outstanding service.”

Fells Point is expected to generate approximately $55 million in annualized net sales.

The Chefs’ Warehouse Inc. carries and distributes more than 34,000 products to more than 26,000 customer locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Chef’s Warehouse customers include specialty food stores, independent restaurants, fine-dining establishments, country clubs, hotels, caterers, culinary schools, bakeries, patisseries, chocolatiers, cruise lines and casinos.

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