US Foods announced that it has agreed to acquire FirstClass Foods, a privately owned meat manufacturing company based in Hawthorne, Cal., with nearly $55 million in annual sales.
FirstClass Foods has been delivering high-quality, center-of-the-plate products to customers throughout southern California since 1962. The company specializes in custom processing and portion-control cuts of beef, pork, lamb, veal, poultry, seafood and specialty products, according to the announcement.
“US Foods has worked with FirstClass Foods for years, and we've experienced the company's commitment to high-quality products and consistency,” David Norton, president, US Foods' Stock Yards, said. “This acquisition will allow us to expand our center-of-the-plate offering and better serve our customers throughout southern California.”
“We are excited about this new phase of our partnership with US Foods,” FirstClass Foods president Solly Benzimra said. “From the very beginning, we have delivered on our commitment to our customers, and we are looking forward to the next chapter for our company as part of US Foods.”
US Foods will operate as a US Foods Stock Yards facility out of the 50,000 sq. ft. facility in Hawthorne where FirstClass Foods operates today and expects to welcome its more than 100 employees to the company.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of April. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
US Foods, headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., is a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 chefs, restaurateurs and foodservice operators. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions.