New acquisition enhances presence in Midwest region and Strengthens operations for the future
GS Foods, a world class foodservice distributor owned by affiliates of Highview Capital and A&M Capital Partners(“AMCP”), today announced its acquisition of Graves Foods, a leading foodservice distributor headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri.
With more than 50 years of industry experience, GS Foods encompasses a family of specialized companies that provides trusted food distribution and product solutions nationwide. The acquisition of Graves follows GS Foods’ recent acquisition of C&C produce, headquartered in Kansas City, and the opening of their Wright City, Missouri distribution center.
“Integrating Graves Foods into the GS Foods’ family solidifies our role as a leading operator in the Midwest region”, said Sean Leer, CEO, GS Foods. “Together, we bring over 100 years of experience to the table for customers. We are excited to incorporate the Graves family into our leadership team knowing they share our commitment to providing the highest-quality products and best service in the industry.”
Founded in 1947, Graves Foods has established itself as a dependable source of foodservice products and services in the Midwest, serving Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, and Illinois. Building on decades of experience, Graves provides products and services to diverse sectors including healthcare, education, restaurants, convenience, and hospitality.
“After many years of growth and expansion, Graves Foods is excited to reach another key milestone – integrating with a leading national food distributor that shares our company values,” said Dick Graves. “As a family-founded business, we, along with our experienced and valuable team, take great pride in feeding the Midwest in a friendly and responsible way as any family would. GS Foods shares this philosophy and today’s combination will not only enhance our commitment to customers but strengthen our operations for the future.”
As part of the acquisition, the Graves family leadership team will join GS Foods and collaborate closely with the team going forward. Both companies expect a seamless transition for both employees and customers.
About GS Foods Group
GS Foods Group is a leading specialized food distributor primarily serving the K-12 schools and corrections markets, and was created through the merger of Gold Star Foods and Good Source Solutions. GS Foods tailors its sales and marketing programs to ensure that more K-12 school students and other customers have access to healthy and cost-effective meals each day. The combined company has a national footprint with substantial market presence across the United States, serving over 8,000 customers nationwide.
About A&M Capital Partners
A&M Capital Partners is Alvarez & Marsal Capital’s flagship investment strategy focused on middle-market control transactions in North America with total assets under management of $2.9 billion. A&M Capital Partners has a strong and referenceable track record of serving as a trusted partner to founders, corporates and management teams, providing the capital and strategic assistance required to take businesses to the next level of success. A&M Capital Partners invests in businesses across a wide range of sectors including Business Services, Industrials, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Consumer & Retail, Government Services, Financial Services and Energy Services.
About Alvarez & Marsal Capital
Alvarez & Marsal Capital is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $4.2 billion in assets under management across six funds and four investment strategies. The firm is led by a highly experienced investment team, which is augmented by a strategic association with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”), one of the largest operationally-focused advisory firms in the world. Alvarez & Marsal Capital combines a focus on middle-market private equity investing, with deep operational expertise, industry knowledge and global corporate relationships, making Alvarez & Marsal Capital an attractive partner to management teams and business owners. Alvarez & Marsal Capital is headquartered in Greenwich, CT with offices in Los Angeles, CA and London, England. For more information, visit www.a-mcapital.com.
Director of Business Development, A&M Capital Partners