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Chef’s Warehouse acquires North American supplier


May 16, 2013
By Bakers Journal

May 16, 2013, U.S. – American distributor The Chef’s Warehouse (TCW) recently acquired Florida-based Qzina Specialty Foods.

“We are thrilled to
have Qzina join the Chefs' Warehouse family," said Chris Pappas, chairman
and chief executive officer of The Chefs' Warehouse, in a letter to customers.
"With this acquisition there are many synergies in our major markets as
well as exciting opportunities to enter four new markets – Vancouver, Edmonton,
Toronto and Chicago."

The Chefs’
Warehouse serves roughly 12,500 bakeries and pastry shops, restaurants, hotels,
caterers and gourmet stores across the United States.

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"We are
incredibly excited to join The Chefs' Warehouse team. We believe that this is a
great opportunity for our dedicated staff, our loyal customers, and our trusted
vendors, who have all contributed to building Qzina into what it is
today," said Rex Ciavola, president of Qzina, in the announcement to
customers. "We are thrilled to build upon our combined platform as
part of the Chefs' Warehouse family of companies."

Qzina, a North
American supplier, was founded in 1982, and is responsible for more than 3,000
products that serve bakeries, patisseries, chocolatiers, hotels, and cruise
lines.