Atlantic Food Distributors acquires Barkett Fruit Company
Canton and Dover Ohio, January 2, 2015- Atlantic Food Distributors (AFD) a locally owned broadline foodservice distribution company acquires Barkett Fruit Company. The acquisition strengthens AFD’s distribution of locally grown and national fresh and perishable products. The combined synergies between the two companies will improve service to their customers throughout the Northeastern Ohio region.
The acquisition will provide greater purchasing power and frequency in receiving produce and perishables from local and national farms and growers. This will build on an already successful produce and perishable category offering by AFD to their customers.
Stan Manolakis, President and CEO, Atlantic Food Distributors said “We are excited with the possibilities this opportunity provides our customers. The combined purchasing power along with new sources of fresh, perishable products will be a big benefit to what we currently do and provide greater service and quality. We are grateful to have the expertise and industry knowledge that Jim, Ron and Tom Barkett bring to our management staff.”
Jim Barkett, President, Barkett Fruit Company said “Our employees and family are excited to be a part of Atlantic Food Distributors. We believe that this will benefit our customers with greater service and product offering. I look forward to working with Stan and his team to provide unmatched quality and service to our current and future customers”
About Atlantic Food Distributors
Atlantic Food Distributors, is a locally owned and operated broadline foodservice company that services a wide spectrum of customers from schools to restaurants throughout most of Ohio. They were founded in 1960 by Steve Manolakis, Stan’s father.
About Barkett Fruit Company
Barkett Fruit Company, is a locally owned and operated produce and specialty foodservice company distributing fresh produce and specialty items to restaurants, schools, and retail outlets. They were founded in 1921 by Domet and Myron Barkett Jim’s grandfather and great grandfather.