Last week, Roland Foods announced it has closed the acquisition of Albert Uster Imports (AUI), a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based importer of specialty pastry, bakery, and confectionary products with 50 years in the game that supplies professional chefs and bakers.
“This acquisition of AUI establishes Roland Foods as a leading platform within the specialty foods landscape,” said James Wagner, CEO of Roland Foods. “This acquisition doubles Roland Foods’ portfolio of unique hard-to-source specialty products, increases our presence in the growing pastry and confections product lines, and offers us entry into the frozen and refrigerated categories.”
According to a press release, AUI sources products from more than 150 global suppliers, including exclusive distribution arrangements with best-in-class brands such as Felchlin, HUG, Ponthier, Laderach, and PCB Creation, among others.
"AUI and Roland Foods have much in common as global leaders in the imported specialty foods niche," said Philipp Braun, CEO of AUI. "However, there is little product overlap, and each company brings complementary products and services to the combination. The resources and expertise that AUI can now tap through Roland Foods will accelerate our ambitious plans for both product and customer expansion."
Founded in 1934, Roland Foods, a Vestar portfolio company, is a specialty food product importer that provides more than 1,500 globally sourced SKUs to North American and international foodservice, retail, and industrial customers.
Details of the transaction have yet to be disclosed.
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