Sysco Expands its Reign in New York with J. Kings Food Acquisition

Sysco Corporation announced it has acquired J. Kings Food Service Professionals, a New York broadline distributor with approximately $150 million in annual sales.

J. Kings Food Service Professionals, headquartered in Holtsville, New York, was founded by John King more than 45 years ago. Today, the company has grown to one of the leading independent broadline distributors in the New York area, also servicing customers in Connecticut and New Jersey.

The majority of the company’s customers are independent restaurant operators, but the company also serves institutional, retail and multi-unit customers.

“J. Kings Food is a well-respected, New York area broadline distributor, and we are happy to welcome them into the Sysco family of businesses,” said Greg Bertrand, Sysco’s executive vice president, U.S. foodservice operations.

J. Kings’ executives will continue to manage the business, including J. Kings’ founder and chief customer officer, John King.

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As part of its expansion plans in different markets in the US, last April, Sysco acquired two Hispanic food distributors, J & M Wholesale Meats and Imperio Foods, Inc., based in Modesto, California.

J & M Wholesale Meats specializes in wholesale meats and serves food service customers and small retail locations in the Hispanic segment. Imperio Foods was founded in 2014 and carries dry Hispanic retail-pack canned good products.

At the beginning of the year, Sysco agreed to acquire Waugh Foods, Inc., an Illinois broadline distributor that’s been in business 70 years and with approximately $40 million in annual sales.

The company provides frozen food and other food service items to customers throughout Central Illinois.

Last year, Sysco also purchased two food distributors, Doerle Food Services in Louisiana and Kent Frozen Foods in the United Kingdom.

“As Sysco continues to focus on M & A as part of our strategic growth plan, we believe J. Kings Food, with its strong local presence, combined with Sysco’s scale and depth, will provide our customers with even more of what they need to be successful in the competitive New York area market,” concluded Bertrand.