US Foods, Rosemont, Ill., to acquire F. Christiana and Co., a Marerro, La.-based broadline distributor of food and food-related products concentrating on the center-of-the-plate categories as well as dairy and dry goods.

F. Christiana maintains nearly $100 million in annual sales and serves more than 1,800 independent restaurant, hotel and independent deli/convenience store customers throughout Louisiana, southern Mississippi and parts of southern Alabama.

“F. Christiana has an excellent reputation in the independent operator space,” says Keith Knight, south region president, US Foods. “When combined with their success in key strategic markets such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge, this acquisition will further enhance our position with new and existing customers in Louisiana.”

“We see many similarities between US Foods and F. Christiana, most important of which is the passion for bringing value to its customers to help them succeed,” says Nick Christiana, general manager, F. Christiana. “With the size and scale of US Foods, our customers will have increased access to new and innovative products and business solutions to help them continue to grow their businesses profitably.”

F. Christiana will continue to operate under the F. Christiana name, and will remain in its current 70,000-square-foot facility.

The transaction is expected to close by mid-June.