Sysco Corp., Houston, Texas, acquired Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce, both Hawaii-based broadline fresh produce wholesalers and distributors. The acquisitions will operate as part of FreshPoint, Sysco’s specialty produce company.
Armstrong Produce maintains operations in Honolulu, Kona and Kahului, and supplies fresh produce daily to local chefs and retailers. Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce are sister companies.
“Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce have been providing quality service and produce to Hawaii and the Pacific region since 1979, and we are excited to welcome them to the Sysco family of companies and to FreshPoint,” says Greg Bertrand, executive vice president, U.S. foodservice operations for Sysco. “A key pillar of FreshPoint’s strategy for continued growth and value creation is the continuous assessment of new market opportunities. Acquiring Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce provides Sysco and FreshPoint with additional direct access to the Hawaiian Islands and increased capacity to expand our produce assortment in the local market.”
FreshPoint expects to retain the executive leadership team of Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce, as well as all current associates.
“By leveraging the combined skills of FreshPoint, Armstrong Produce and Kula Produce, we are better positioned to serve our customers,” adds Bertrand. “This partnership provides an opportunity to broaden our vision to be our customers’ most valued and trusted business partner.”