Processor, distributor, and longtime McDonald’s partner Golden State Foods (GSF) has announced the completion of the sale of nine of its 27 distribution centers to The Martin Brower Company this week. The privately-owned, vertically integrated company noted that this is one of a number of strategic moves that GSF is committed to undertaking this year.
“We appreciate Martin Brower's cooperation and collaboration in finalizing this transaction,” said Mark Wetterau, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for GSF, in a press release. “Completing the sale of these nine benchmark distribution centers to Martin Brower provides Golden State Foods the opportunity to support the McDonald's System, its current strategy, and to reinvest in the future of our company, our associates, and all of our customers. This transaction will allow us to continue with and to invest in our diversification strategy and accelerate growth.”
According to GSF’s press release, the nine facilities sold to the Martin Brower Company represent top performing teams that service 3,900 McDonald's restaurants and 365 Chipotle locations.
Golden State Foods, which has been an award-winning food supplier to McDonald's for more than 65 years and distribution partner for more than 50, will continue to provide core products such as meat, liquids, produce, and selected distribution services to the quick service restaurant leader—both domestically and abroad.
“Martin Brower is getting the cream of the crop with our associates—who are second to none and maintain award-winning operations that run like clockwork,” added Wetterau. “Their superior service is only paralleled by the thousands of outstanding owner-operators across the country, whom we've been privileged to serve for decades. As we continue to serve as a key supplier for McDonald's in all our categories moving forward, GSF will also be looking to add new customers and companies to our successful portfolio.”
According to the company, GSF will continue to maintain 18 distribution centers in the U.S. and in the Middle East, and in addition to distribution, GSF will continue to operate more than 25 world-class food manufacturing facilities and farms, providing an array of businesses and offerings spanning the foodservice, QSR, retail, and C-store formats across the globe.
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