Gordon Food Service acquires Canadian meat and seafood supplier

The grocery retailer has acquired the supplier of meat and seafood for foodservice, retail and private label brands.
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Michigan-based grocery retailer Gordon Food Service has announced a new move that will expand its brands and offerings. The company has agreed to acquire Macgregors Meat & Seafood Ltd., a Canadian supplier of foodservice, retail and private label clients.

Gordon Food Service was founded in Grand Rapids, Mich. 125 years ago, and now operates over 170 stores in the U.S. and Canada, where its Gordon Choice own brand can be found in wholesale sizes. Macgregors dates back to 1834, and provides high volume raw and cooked meat and seafood across Canada.

"We are excited to welcome Macgregors employees and its brands to the Gordon Food Service family," said Gordon Food Service president and CEO Rich Wolowski. "Macgregors is among the most respected in the marketplace and like Gordon Food Service, Macgregors operates with a people-focused culture. We expect our cultural similarities will make for a smooth transition for both our customers and employees."

The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval under the Competition Act (Canada) and other customary closing conditions. The acquisition follows the grocery chain’s October 2021 launch of Goodfinds by Gordon, a program aimed at partnering and highlighting “purposeful companies.”

"As our family contemplated Macgregors' future strategic direction in the Canadian foodservice and retail landscape, we identified key important factors in selling the business,” said Macgregors president and general manager Duncan Macgregor Jr. “This included shared values, vision, passion for the business, and seamless opportunity for our staff. We've come to respect and admire the similarities with the Gordon family and anticipate an exciting future as part of the Gordon Food Service group of Specialty Companies."