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Sunrise Fresh Produce Acquires Produce Distribution Center

HATTIESBURG, MS (June 18, 2012)Sunrise Fresh Produce, LLC., a subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, announced the acquisition of certain assets from Produce Distribution Center, LLC located in Jacksonville, Fla. The closing, completed June 5, enables Sunrise Fresh Produce to operate their second produce distribution center as Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville, Fla.

In association with the acquisition, Michael O’Brien, formerly of Adams Produce, has been named as General Manager of Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville.

With the acquisition, Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville will have a 47,000 square-foot facility. The warehouse is climate controlled with seven separate temperature zones to ensure the freshness of product for our customers.

Sunrise Fresh Produce serves approximately 500 customers throughout the Greater Jacksonville market with produce, eggs, and dairy products.

Sunrise Fresh Produce is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Miss. with locations in Jackson, Miss. and Jacksonville, Fla. The combined locations will have annual revenues of $30,000,000. President and CEO, Mr. Andy Mercier commented, “We are very excited about the growth of Sunrise Fresh Produce. Through greater access to capital and additional resources of our Merchants Foodservice parent company, we believe Sunrise Fresh Produce will realize significant growth through superior services and products.”

Sunrise Fresh Produce is a member of the national produce distribution organization, PRO*ACT, LLC, a distributor of fresh produce to the foodservice industry.

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