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THE CHEFS’ WAREHOUSE HOLDINGS, LLC ACQUIRES SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION OF EUROPEAN IMPORTS, LTD
National specialty food importer and distributor adds San Francisco distributor to its expanding brand
San Francisco, CA —August 28, 2009—The Chefs’ Warehouse, a leading importer and distributor of specialty foods to top restaurant and gourmet retail stores across the country has acquired the San Francisco division of European Imports, Ltd, the sole West Coast location of the Chicago-based distributor of specialty food and gourmet ingredients.
Following the acquisition of Van Rex Foods in 2005, The Chefs’ Warehouse has developed a strong presence in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The asset acquisition of European Imports, Ltd – San Francisco, formerly Village Imports, further increases the presence of The Chefs’ Warehouse in the San Francisco Bay area and expands an already extensive product line and customer base.
“The Chefs’ Warehouse and European Imports have worked hard to develop the San Francisco market and we are excited about the combination of our businesses. Our customers are the ultimate beneficiaries of this transaction as we combine product lines and continue to offer the outstanding customer service for which both companies are known,” says Christopher Pappas, CEO, The Chefs’ Warehouse.
The Chefs’ Warehouse currently services customers from the Napa Valley to Monterey from a 20,000 sq ft facility in Oakland, CA. The Chefs’ Warehouse will immediately take over the daily operations of the facility currently used by European Imports in Brisbane, CA. Operations will be consolidated in Hayward, CA, upon completion of a new 40,000 sq ft state-of-the-
“While it has been a difficult decision to leave the San Francisco market, we are excited to transfer the business to a company we’ve had a long term relationship with and respect tremendously. We look forward to continue to supply the San Francisco market with European Import brands via The Chefs’ Warehouse distribution,”
Established over 25 years ago, The Chefs’ Warehouse is a leading full-service specialty food importer/distributor, supplying a full-spectrum of ingredients to the country’s finest restaurants, specialty stores and sub-distributors, operating distribution facilities in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
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About The Chefs' Warehouse: Established over 25 years ago, The Chefs’ Warehouse is a leading full-service specialty food importer/distributor, supplying a full-spectrum of ingredients to the country’s finest restaurants, specialty stores and sub-distributors, operating distribution facilities in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Las Vegas.