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October 15, 2019

Taylor Farms acquires assets of foodservice provider Club Chef in all-US deal

US-based fresh produce business Taylor Farms has bought the assets of a local foodservice supplier, it has announced.

By Leonie Barrie

US-based fresh produce business Taylor Farms has bought the assets of local foodservice supplier Club Chef from the Castellini Group of Companies, it has announced.

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Operating since 1978, Club Chef has grown from a small local processor into one of the largest regional processors in the country.

Salinas, California-based Taylor – which has done the deal through its Taylor Fresh Foods arm – said it has bought “substantially all assets” of Club Chef in its Covington, Kentucky, base.

The Covington facility will continue full operations under the leadership of the Taylor Farms Tennessee operating company. 

Bruce Taylor, chairman and CEO of Taylor Farms, said: “Club Chef has a long history of leadership in the foodservice fresh-cut vegetable industry,”

“We are honoured to complete this transaction and establish a distribution partnership with the Castellini company.” 

Brian Kocher, CEO of the Castellini Group of Companies, said: “This transaction provides a wonderful opportunity for our employees and customers who are joining Taylor Fresh Foods and allows us to be singularly focused on growing in areas of the produce supply chain where Castellini has, for over 120 years, provided great value to its customers.

“Castellini Group of Companies looks forward to the expanded relationship with Taylor Farms and overwhelming our current and prospective customers with the value that we can provide.” 

In April, Taylor Farms bought the Earthbound Farm organic salads business from French dairy giant Danone.

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
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