Lipman Acquires Legend Distributing

Tue. December 2nd, 2014
- by Christofer Oberst     

IMMOKALEE, FL - Lipman has agreed to acquire Legend Distributing, a repacking and fruit and vegetable supplier in Phoenix, AZ. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kent Shoemaker, CEO, Lipman“We are thrilled to welcome the Legend Distributing team to Lipman,” said Lipman CEO Kent Shoemaker. “Their experience in our industry and presence in the Southwestern states make them a perfect fit.”

The Phoenix market, along with the Southwestern part of the country, remains a strategic focus for Lipman as the company continues to grow and expand its geographic footprint. Legend Distributing brings unique varieties of fresh produce that will now be offered to Lipman customers, according to a press release. The Legend Distributing website states that the company works directly with growers including Legend Produce and Legacy Farms.

Legend Distributing’s Barry Zwillinger, President, and Ric Crespo, General Manager, will remain with the company and maintain their leadership roles.

“We are all excited to join the Lipman family of companies,” said Zwillinger. “We know that being part of a farming company will give our customers what they demand – dependable access to fresh tomatoes and vegetables 24/7/365.”

Shoemaker continued, “Their values are in line with ours. The Legend Distributing team is creative, experience, and committed to providing customers with fresh, safe, great tasting produce.”

Congratulations on this successful acquisition, Lipman!


Legend Distributing