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05/04/2016

C&S Wholesale Grocers Purchases Davidson Specialty Foods

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. is acquiring Davidson Specialty Foods in a deal expected to close in June. Davidson, based in Newington, Conn., is the largest specialty distributor in New England and provides DSD services to more than 6,000 retailers, both in New England and the New York metro area.

The Davidson brand was built on product expertise, personalized customer service and collaborative partnerships with retailers and manufacturers. Day-to-day operations will continue to be overseen by current owner operators Bob and Jim Rowe. The business will continue to operate as a separate organization, but will enrich the Keene, N.H.-based wholesaler’s offerings to its customers with added product selection and customer capabilities as well as expand Davidson’s scale of products, customers and markets.

“This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to invest in new products and services that are increasingly relevant to our customers, delivering on our promise to create ‘Braggingly Happy Customers,’” said Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO. “We are excited to learn from and grow with Davidson as we build this partnership.”