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Sunrise Fresh Produce, LLC., a subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, acquires Produce Distribution Center located in Jacksonville, Florida

Sunrise Fresh Produce LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, is pleased to announce the completion of our acquisition of certain assets from Produce Distribution Center LLC located in Jacksonville, Florida. The closing, completed June 05, 2012, enables Sunrise Fresh Produce to operate their second produce distribution center as Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville, FL.


Southeast Foodservice Service News (Sept 2012)


Sunrise Fresh Produce, LLC., a subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, acquires Produce Distribution Center located in Jacksonville, Florida

Sunrise Fresh Produce LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, is pleased to announce the completion of our acquisition of certain assets from Produce Distribution Center LLC located in Jacksonville, Florida. The closing, completed June 05, 2012, enables Sunrise Fresh Produce to operate their second produce distribution center as Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville, FL.

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 looks forward to being a strong business partner providing quality services and products to make our customers lives easier as well as contributing to the community and economy of the area. “

Sunrise Fresh Produce is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi with locations in Jackson, Mississippi and Jacksonville, Florida. 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. The combined operations improves our purchasing power which will be beneficial to our foodservice customers.”

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

About Merchants Foodservice

Merchants Foodservice (www.merchantsfoodservice.com) is a leading broad line foodservice distributor with four distribution centers across the Southeast. Merchants Foodservice serves over 6,000 foodservice customers through ten Southeastern states. Tailored inventory management solutions and access to over 8,000 products has resulted in Merchants Foodservice consistently being recognized as one of the fastest growing foodservice distributors in the country.

About Sunrise Fresh Produce L.L.C.

Sunrise Fresh Produce (www.sunrisefreshproduce.com) has distribution centers located in Jackson, Mississippi and Jacksonville, Florida. Annual produce sales exceed $30,000,000. Customers include independent restaurants, national chain restaurants, private clubs, assisted living centers, and institutional food service operators.

About PRO*ACT L.L.C.

PRO*ACT is America’s leading distributor of fresh produce to the foodservice industry sourcing from premier national and regional farmers. PRO*ACT streamlines the produce supply chain, offering significant cost benefits and an easy, one-call solution to source the freshest produce from more than 70 third-party inspected, independently owned, local distribution centers across the United States and Canada. PRO*ACT provides category cost management through commodity contract pricing, in-house consultation services and integrated produce program distribution management.

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Contact:

For Merchants Foodservice:
Andy Mercier (601) 584-4000

For Sunrise Fresh Produce Jacksonville, Florida:
Jim Mayo (904) 366-1368

For Sunrise Fresh Produce Jackson, Mississippi:
Chris Fuss (601) 213-4236

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Sunrise Fresh Produce Expands Coverage

Jackson, MS, May 25, 2012: Sunrise Fresh Produce is excited to be able to offer our great services to Monroe, West Monroe, Vicksburg, Natchez and Yazoo City. Now customers throughout central Mississippi and Louisiana can enjoy fresh produce and vegetables, organic produce, retail packaged produce, specialty herbs, spices, mushrooms, nuts, dairy products, cheese and eggs from growers and shippers nationally as well as right here in Mississippi and Lousiana. For more information, contact Chris Fuss, General Manager at 601.213.4008 or cfuss@sunrisefreshproduce.com.

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ASI Food Safety Consultants

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Certificate of Excellence in food safety Sunrise Fresh Produce Jackson, Ms - September 7, 2011

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Sunrise Fresh Produce Acquires assets of MidSouth Produce of Jackson. Combined purchasing power to benefit all customers.

Jackson, MS, September 27, 2010: Sunrise Fresh Produce announces the acquisition of certain assets of Mid-South Produce of Jackson. Andy Mercier, President of Sunrise, stated that the combination of the customer bases will benefit all customers in the greater Jackson area. "Will White and his team have built an excellent reputation of providing quality products and superior service. The combined purchasing power of both companies will result in better pricing and more frequent deliveries from our suppliers. This means Jackson restaurateurs and their customers will be getting the freshest product available with improved pricing." Will White owner of MidSouth Produce, stated "We think this is the right move for our customers. Our customers have been very loyal to MidSouth over the last 5 years and our facility just could not handle any more business. The new and expanded warehouse and latest distribution technology Sunrise brings will be a great benefit to our customer base." Steve Castleman, General Manager of Sunrise says he will maintain the same personalized service that MidSouth has provided its customers. "It is our belief at Sunrise Fresh Produce that a locally owned produce distribution company, with pristine warehouses, the latest in distribution technology and a personalized customer service approach to business will result in positive financial returns to the restaurants it serves," stated Castleman. Castleman, a former general manager of Gulf Coast Produce, was recently named General Manager of Sunrise Fresh Produce. He has over 15 years experience in the produce industry. "Our top management has over 100 years combined experience providing quality produce to restaurants across Mississippi," Castleman states.

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Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Sunrise Fresh Produce

Sunrise Fresh Produce announced their Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 19, 2010. This opening is welcome news to the city of Jackson and local restaurant owners. The investment in this facility strengthens the owners' commitment to the Greater Jackson area at a time when the city really needs it. Sunrise Fresh Produce is providing jobs in an environment where many are losing theirs. This new business increases competition among suppliers which brings lower prices to the businesses it services and offers a new local source for Jackson restaurateurs in support of the fastest growing category in the foodservice industry, fresh fruits and vegetables.

To commemorate this event, Sunrise Fresh Produce was joined by employees of Merchants Foodservice, members and ambassadors from the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership along with several representatives from the City of Jackson. Also in attendance was a representative from the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association. Everyone enjoyed a nice reception following the ceremony and all guests were given a gift of a fresh fruit basket to enjoy.

Sunrise Fresh Produce offers produce, dairy and eggs to businesses within the Greater Jackson area. Sunrise Fresh Produce knows how to treat its customers with over 30 years of experience in the produce business; they have established wonderful relationships with their customers that can't be beat!

Sunrise Fresh Produce is here to serve Jackson with the best produce available. Contact us today with all your produce needs!

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Sunrise Fresh Produce Opens Jackson Warehouse and Distribution Center
The choices in produce available to restauranteurs and institutional foodservice operators in the greater Jackson, MS area just got fresher. Sunrise Fresh Produce distributes a full-line of fresh fruits and vegetables from their state-of-the-art facility located in the Hawkins Field area of Jackson.

We guarantee the quality of our produce. Our location gives us easy access to our customers and minimizing travel time is important with produce. We have a 300,000 cubic ft. warehouse with all-new state-of-the-art refrigeration for our shipping dock and our separate tempature zone coolers. This enables us to deliver better looking, better tasting, and longer lasting produce.

Sunrise Fresh Produce sources, procures and receives produce direct from growers and shippers nationally as well as right here in Mississippi for distribution direct to their customers in Jackson market. Whether you operate a corner diner or manage the foodservice operations of a large hospital, we can fulfill your requirements for variety and sizing. We understand your needs and speak your language.

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Sunrise Expands to Jacksonville, FL
Sunrise Fresh Produce LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, is pleased to announce the completion of our acquisition of certain assets from Produce Distribution Center LLC located in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Expanded Coverage!
Sunrise Fresh Produce is excited to be able to offer our great services to Monroe, West Monroe, Vicksburg, Natchez and Yazoo City
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Sunrise Acquires Assets of MidSouth Produce of Jackson
This means our customers will be getting the freshest product available with improved pricing.
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Sunrise Celebrates Grand Opening
Sunrise Fresh Produce officially opens for business January 19, 2010.
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Jackson Warehouse and Distribution Center Now Open
300,000 cubic ft. warehouse offers all-new state-of-the-art refrigeration for shipping dock and separate tempature zone coolers.

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