Vistar Corp. Acquires Vend Service Inc. In The Southeast

Vistar Corp., a division of Performance Food Group, has acquired Vend Service Inc., a Rome, Ga.-based vend product distributor with a distribution facility in Ocala, Fla., for an undisclosed sum, according to Mike Sidwell, president of Vend Service. The company was founded in 1965 by Sidwell’s father, Carl Sidwell.

Sidwell said he and his brother Mark, vice president, will continue to work for Vistar in some capacity, while their sister, Diane, secretary/treasurer, will leave the company.

Sidwell said the Rome, Ga. facility will be merged with Vistar’s Suwanee, Ga. facility while the Ocala, Fla. facility will merge with Vistar’s Kissimmee, Fla. facility.

Vend Service was part of the Vend Channel, a coalition of five independent regional vend product distributors that collectively cover the U.S. and provide a variety of online services to operator customers, including online product ordering, rebate tracking, and market data.

Sidwell noted Vend Service employs about 100 people.