Fort Worth, Texas-based Ben E. Keith Foods has announced its purchase of Florida Food Service Inc. The acquisition, which closed Feb. 2, includes all assets of the company – including the 86,000-square-foot distribution center in Gainesville, Florida.
This acquisition will create the ninth division of Ben E. Keith Foods across 15 states.
“The acquisition of Florida Food Service allows Ben E. Keith Foods to continue its expansion into Florida, serve new and existing customers and provide additional opportunity for our employees and partners,” said Mike Sweet, president. “We are excited to welcome all Florida Food Service employees into our organization and continue a strong focus on customer service.”
Ben E. Keith Foods will retain all current employees. Marco DiGiosia, a 25-year veteran of Ben E. Keith Foods, has been named general manager. DiGiosia has relocated to Gainesville and assumed his role effective immediately. Former Florida Food Service President Joel Islam will continue with the company as assistant general manager.
In addition, the Gainesville distribution division will be renamed Ben E. Keith Foods – Florida Division in the coming months.
Ben E. Keith Foods has stated that it is excited to welcome the Florida Food Service employees and that the company will continue its expansion across the Southeast, serving new and existing customers and providing additional opportunities for its employees and partners.
Founded in 1948, Florida Food Service is headquartered in Gainesville, Florida and services customers in northern and central Florida. The company was owned and operated by the Islam family.
For more information, visit ffsinc.com.
Established in Fort Worth, Texas in 1906, Ben E. Keith Foods is the nation’s fifth largest broadline foodservice distributor and operates with nine divisions shipping to 15 states throughout the country.
For more information, visit benekeith.com.