Rosemont, IL: U.S. Foodservice has acquired the local restaurant distribution business of White Apron, a supplier and processor of premium fresh meats based in Brea, CA. The business will be integrated into the U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles division in La Mirada, CA.
“The addition of the White Apron local restaurant distribution business will expand our customer base to include some of the leading restaurants in Southern California,” says Gene Steffes, division president, U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles. “White Apron will continue to operate as a wholesale meat supplier and processor, supplying high-quality meats that help U.S. Foodservice customers succeed.”
John Reese, president, White Apron, says “We look forward to working with the U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles team to provide a seamless transition for all our valued customers. We are excited to have the opportunity to not only continue supplying meat to our former customers but now will help provide a full line of quality protein items to the entire family of U.S. Foodservice customers.”
White Apron will be a preferred supplier to U.S. Foodservice of premium fresh meats in the Southern California market. In addition, White Apron will continue to service its retail and other non-distribution customers.
Two White Apron protein specialists will join U.S. Foodservice-Los Angeles division to serve customers.
Last month, U.S. Foodservice acquired Great Western Meats, a broadline foodservice distributor and provider of fresh-cut portion meats in Central Florida. Great Western Meats operates two facilities in Orlando—a distribution warehouse and meat cutting facility. The warehouse will integrate into the recently expanded, state-ofthe- art, U.S. Foodservice distribution center in Port Orange, FL, in July.
The meat cutting facility will continue to operate and will provide fresh-cut meats for U.S. Foodservice’s customers in Florida under the Stock Yards brand name. U.S. Foodservice’s meat cutting operation in Clearwater,FL, will close June 24 and that volume will be transferred to Great Western Meats’ facility, which will be renamed Stock Yards-Florida.
“The addition of the Great Western Meats broadline foodservice business and meat cutting operation will expand our customer base and presence across the Orlando area,” says Keith Campbell, region president, U.S. Foodservice-Florida. “In addition, Great Western Meats’ customers will now have access to more than 14,000 products and the entire range of services offered by U.S. Foodservice-Port Orange.”
Greg Voorhees, former president of Great Western Meats, will join U.S. Foodservice-Port Orange as director of business development.