Reinhart Foodservice Announces Intent to Acquire Local Vermont Distributor Black River Produce

ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. announced today that it 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, Vermont. The acquisition further
marks Reinhart’s commitment to the Vermont market following the opening
of a new distribution center in Essex, Vermont, in 2014, and 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. 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,” said Jeff King President and Chief Operating
Officer of Reinhart.

“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 this month.

About Reinhart

Founded in 1972, Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. is one of the most
progressive and efficient broadline foodservice distributors in the
United States. The company provides fresh produce, proteins,
ingredients, supplies and equipment to customers across the U.S. from 29
distribution centers. Reinhart serves every segment of the food industry
from independent and chain restaurants to schools and healthcare
facilities and is committed to the highest levels of customer service,
providing its customers with menu planning assistance, nutrition
services support, an extensive lending library, TRACS® Direct order
entry and foodservice management software and training, weekly specials
and educational seminars. Reinhart’s original mission of delivering
exceptional high-quality products, personal service and value to its
customers is stronger than ever today. To learn more about Reinhart
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