Warren, Michigan-based Lipari Foods has reached an agreement to acquire New York-based Deli-Boy and its subsidiary Big Apple. This opportunity will expand Lipari’s distribution footprint throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Connecticut and New York.
The Deli-Boy and Big Apple teams have been servicing retailers along the East Coast for more than 60 years. Combined, Deli-Boy and Big Apple supply more than 1,000 retailers in eight states, with approximately 165 total employees.
“We are excited to welcome Deli-Boy and Big Apple into our family and will continue their commitment of providing quality products and great customer service to retailers and food service establishments in their marketing area,” said Thom Lipari, CEO of Lipari Foods. “Deli-Boy and Big Apple are trusted leaders in the industry, and adding their expertise to all that Lipari provides means greater opportunities for their customers.”
John Petosa and Steve Capizzi will join the Lipari team, continuing to serve as leaders for Deli-Boy and Big Apple.
“In Lipari we found a partner we could trust with the company’s legacy of exceptional customer service and quality products,” Petosa said. “Our companies share similar values with a strong focus on the customer, growing the business and focus on our teams.”
Lipari Foods was founded in 1963 by Jim Lipari, who began his career delivering products from the back of his Buick station wagon. Lipari Foods is an independent distributor, delivering a range of quality bakery, dairy, deli, packaging, seafood, meat, grocery, foodservice, confectionery and convenience food and beverage products to more than 10,000 customers across 27 states.
Since its inception in 1960, Deli-Boy has been a central New York business serving restaurants, grocery chains, convenience stores, pizza and sub shops. Big Apple, a division of Deli-Boy, is a food distributor incorporated in 1975. Big Apple opened for business with just one truck servicing local delicatessens. Today, the company still services some of those same customers, as well as hundreds of other restaurants, pizzerias, sub shops and food service businesses across eight states.