Five Star Food Service Completes Acquisition of Mid South Services, LLC

Aug. 20, 2018

CHATTANOOGA, TN – Convenience service industry leader Five Star Food Service today announces the acquisition of Mid South Services, LLC, a Canteen franchise based in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 

Mid South Services has been in business since 1968 and has grown to one of the region’s top convenience service providers offering micro markets, pantry, full-line vending, premium coffee, water, dining, and catering services. 

Mid South operated within a territory adjacent to Five Star. The acquisition expands Five Star’s Canteen franchise territory approximately 200 miles to the west across northern Alabama and Mississippi. Five Star will continue Mid South’s great service to area cities such as Huntsville, Florence, and Decatur in Alabama and Corinth, Tupelo, and Oxford in Mississippi, among others. 

Five Star will continue to operate out of Mid South’s existing branch and warehouse locations. The acquisition adds more than 70 micro markets and hundreds of vending and coffee service customers to the Five Star family. 

“We are extremely excited about the potential for growth in this new market. Mid South has done well in building strong relationships and a reputation for being the best in the region,” said Alan Recher, President & CEO, Five Star Food Service. “We look forward to adding Five Star’s formula for success to their business.” 


Five Star Food Service, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is the Southeast’s premier on-site food and beverage solution provider to employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is a leader in micro markets, full-line vending, coffee and water services, full-service dining, and catering across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Founded in 1993, Five Star has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the United States and is a franchise of Canteen, a Compass Group company. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.