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Reinhart Foodservice, L.L.C. (Reinhart) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Southern Foods, Inc., a family- owned broadline distributor serving nearly 1,200 accounts in the Kentucky area, as well as parts of Tennessee and Indiana. The transaction is expected to close before the end of the month.

Joe Natcher, Southern Foods, Inc. Owner/CEO, comments, ”As a family-owned company it was important to us to find the right partner to continue our growth. We are excited to join the Reinhart family and combine our passion for great customer service with the great product portfolio and technology solutions that Reinhart offers. For nearly 55 years our customers have trusted us to be their partner, and by joining Reinhart we see this focus only becoming stronger.”

“There are great benefits to our customers and associates in joining Reinhart. Together, we will have a stronger footprint in the Kentucky market and be able to provide our operators with outstanding new products and services,” says Doug Polk, Southern Foods, Inc. President and COO.

John Roussel, Chief Executive Officer of Reinhart, said, “Southern Foods truly cares about its customers. They have an excellent management staff that is focused on providing superior customer service. The Southern Foods culture aligns with our culture and values, and this acquisition is great for both companies. We look forward to working with Southern Foods and their team to grow our business and continue to be a trusted partner for our valued customers.”