Food service distributor invests in fresh

by Monica Watrous
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CANTON, OHIO — Atlantic Food Distributors, a food service distribution company, strengthens its distribution of local and national fresh and perishable products with the acquisition of Barkett Fruit Co. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Dover, Ohio-based Barkett Fruit Co. distributes fresh produce and specialty items to restaurants, schools and retail outlets. The transaction builds Atlantic Food Distributors’ offering of produce and perishable products to schools and restaurants throughout Ohio.

“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,” said Stan Manolakis, president and chief executive officer of Atlantic Food Distributors. “We are grateful to have the expertise and industry knowledge that Jim, Ron and Tom Barkett bring to our management staff.”

Jim Barkett, president of Barkett Fruit Co., added, “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.”

Founded in 1960, Atlantic Food Distributors offers more than 7,500 products to customers across Ohio, including fresh and frozen meats, seafood, dairy products and desserts, fruits and vegetables, canned and dry goods and more.
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