FiveStar Gourmet Foods and Church Brothers Farms are teaming up to expand their respective portfolios in their areas of expertise in the retail and foodservice sectors. The two announced over the weekend that they have entered into a formal partnership—a logical move for both companies as FiveStar Gourmet Foods has been sourcing fresh commodities from Church Brothers Farms for several years for the company’s Simply Fresh® brands.
"This legal partnership creates a vertically integrated program for FiveStar Gourmet Foods, and we are extremely excited to work with such a well-known, established company like Church Brothers Farms,” said Tal Shoshan, CEO of FiveStar Gourmet Foods. “A grower-direct supply helps further our new product innovation especially within packaged salads like blends and kits, which FiveStar plans to impact in a big way, similar to how we impacted the salad bowl category."
Effective immediately, this move creates an opportunity for growth for both parties. The partnership will not affect ownership or personnel, and each company will continue to operate independently, according to a press release.
The partnership will, however, help the two companies collaborate on resources, infrastructure, logistics, best-in-class food safety practices, and facilities, Shoshan noted.
“This partnership allows us to expand into regional processing with FiveStar’s state-of-the-art facilities in California and Florida, and quickly scale up to create new, innovative value added-items for our customers,” said Brian Church, CEO of Church Brothers Farms. “FiveStar will leverage our strong land base of more than 40,000 conventional and organic crop acres to expand into the bagged salad category.”
Church also added that integrating each company’s strengths and customer bases is mutually beneficial and will complement the other’s ability to create new opportunities for the growers and processors across the board.
Congrats, FiveStar Gourmet Foods and Church Brothers Farms, on this recent partnership! Deli Market News will continue to report on accomplishments like these as they affect our industry.