Reinhart plans to acquire Black River Produce assets

Reinhart plans to acquire Black River Produce assets

Reinhart Foodservice LLC has entered into an agreement with Earth Brothers Ltd to purchase substantially all of the assets of the Black River Produce distribution business.

Black River Produce is a multi-regional distributor serving more than 2,000 accounts across Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island and New York.

Founded in 1978, Black River Produce is owned by Mark Curran and Steve Birge and is based in Springfield VT. The acquisition further marks Reinhart’s commitment to the Vermont market following the opening of a new distribution center in Essex VT in 2014, and it strengthens Reinhart’s position in the New England distribution area.

“Black River Produce is a great company with strong management focused on delivering the highest quality local products and service to its customers,” said Jeff King, president and chief operating officer of Reinhart. “The Black River culture, product strategy, as well as the proximity of its territory to key Reinhart markets, makes this acquisition a strong fit for both companies. We look forward to working with the team at Black River Produce to grow the business in the New England area and beyond.”

“Since we founded Black River Produce in 1978, we’ve prided ourselves on being the fresh connection for our customers across the markets we serve,” said Mark Curran and Steve Birge, co-founders of Black River Produce. “We are fully committed to our customers’ needs and providing them with the best locally-sourced products they can find. We are proud to join our operations with Reinhart so that we can combine their national leverage, supply chain expertise and operator solutions with our passion and focus on local solutions for our growing customer base.”

The transaction is expected to close later in October 2016.

Founded in 1972, Reinhart provides fresh produce, proteins, ingredients, supplies and equipment to customers across the United States from 29 distribution centers. To learn more about the firm, access

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