Leonardo’s Produce Joins FreshEdge™
- by Anne Allen
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The new year is filled with promise, especially for fresh produce. Leonardo’s Produce recently joined FreshEdge™, a move that further diversifies FreshEdge’s service offerings across Michigan and Ohio. Details of the transaction have yet to be disclosed.
“We are pleased to continue to build our family of ‘Best in Class’ fresh food distribution companies that are supported by our group of vertically integrated value-added operations,” said Steve Grinstead, CEO of FreshEdge.
According to a press release, this deal positions the combined businesses as one of the largest independent fresh and specialty food distributors in the U.S. FreshEdge will now operate with 1,400 employees, more than 580,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a fleet of 600 trucks.
“We are excited to have Leonardo’s join the FreshEdge family,” said Greg Corsaro, President and Chief Operating Officer of FreshEdge. “We believe the addition greatly enhances FreshEdge’s ability to serve foodservice and retail customers throughout Michigan and Northern Ohio. We welcome Sam Maniaci and his team.”
Founded in 1972, Leonardo’s distributes fresh produce and specialty products to foodservice customers from its recently renovated facility in Detroit, Michigan.
“By teaming up with FreshEdge, Leonardo’s will expand its selection of specialty items and fresh cut processed products such as fresh salads, sandwiches, and healthy snack items—while providing exceptional customer service to our current and future customers,” said Sam Maniaci, President of Leonardo’s. “We are proud of our heritage and look forward to this new era of opportunity and growth for Leonardo’s.”
Sam Maniaci will continue in his role as President while the company will carry on from its current facility.
Leonardo’s represents FreshEdge’s fourth acquisition since Rotunda Capital Partners started backing FreshEdge. Together, Rotunda and FreshEdge intend to continue expanding FreshEdge by welcoming more companies into the group—all focused on high quality produce and specialty food products, along with exceptional service—to create a unique team of complementary entities.
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