Chef Solutions Merges Orval Kent With Fish House Foods

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- In a merger that is expected to facilitate accelerated growth in its refrigerated prepared product lines, Chef Solutions here is merging with Vista, Calif.-based Fish House Foods.

This merger, which will allow Chef Solutions to strategically expand within its Orval Kent deli salad division, will enable retailers to offer freshly made items every day of the week to better meet consumers' demands for fresher, more convenient, refrigerated prepared foods, Chef Solutions officials said.

"We believe this merger will be a textbook example of how combining two strong businesses can benefit both companies, their customers and their employees," said Steve Silk, president and c.e.o. of Chef Solutions. As part of Chef Solutions' Orval Kent division, Silk said, the business will be better able to expand to meet growing demand.

Ron Butler, who built the Fish House business over the past 20 years, will join Chef Solutions as a significant equity holder and a member of the senior management team, responsible for product innovation as chief growth officer for the company, Silk said.
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