GS Foods Group acquires Graves Foods, expanding operations in the Midwest

July 8, 2022
The new partnership solidifies the distributor’s leading presence in a key market and strengthens operations.

GS Foods Group Inc., a worldwide foodservice distributor owned by affiliates of Highview Capital, LLC, and A&M Capital Partners, announced its acquisition of Graves Foods, a leading foodservice distributor headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri.  

With more than 50 years of industry experience, GS Foods encompasses a family of specialized companies that provides trusted food distribution and product solutions nationwide. The acquisition of Graves follows GS Foods’ recent acquisition of C&C Produce, headquartered in Kansas City, and the opening of its Wright City, Missouri, distribution center. 

“Integrating Graves Foods into the GS Foods’ family solidifies our role as a leading operator in the Midwest,” Sean Leer, CEO, GS Foods, said in the announcement. “Together, we bring over 100 years of experience to the table for customers. We are excited to incorporate the Graves family into our leadership team knowing they share our commitment to providing the highest-quality products and best service in the industry.” 

Founded in 1947, Graves Foods has established itself as a dependable source of foodservice products and services in the Midwest, serving Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa and Illinois. With decades in the market, Graves provides products and services to diverse sectors including healthcare, education, restaurants, convenience and hospitality.

“After many years of growth and expansion, Graves Foods is excited to reach another key milestone – partnering with a leading national food distributor that shares our company values,” Dick Graves added in the announcement. “As a family-founded business, we, along with our experienced and dedicated team, take great pride in feeding the Midwest in a friendly and responsible way as any family would. GS Foods shares this philosophy and today’s combination will not only enhance our commitment to customers, but also strengthen our operations for the future.” 

As part of the acquisition, the Graves family leadership team will join GS Foods and collaborate closely with the team going forward. Both companies expect a seamless transition for employees and customers. 

“Graves Foods’ history of excellence and deep experience in specialty end markets make the business an ideal fit to join the GS Foods family,” Steve Russell, managing director and senior portfolio manager, Highview, added in the announcement. “We look forward to increased opportunities for the combined business as we continue to expand operations and build a connected, national nutrition supply chain.”  


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