Market Fresh Produce LLC has purchased a Tampa, Fla., distributor, West Central Florida Produce LLC.

Market Fresh owner Steve Phipps also bought Bushman Inc.’s ownership stake in Market Fresh.

Market Fresh buys Florida wholesalerOn Aug. 11, the Nixa, Mo.-based Market Fresh completed its acquisition of West Central Florida Produce.

Market Fresh is upgrading West Central repacking facility, according to a news release.

West Central Florida’s shareholders remain minority partners in the company, according to the release.

Long-term, Market Fresh officials plan to expand West Central Florida’s product selection beyond tomatoes and offer the other categories Market Fresh offers, according to the release.

“This is an exciting time in the life of our company,” Steve Phipps, Market Fresh chief executive officer and owner, said in the release. “Having a repacking and distribution facility located in Florida really strengthens our go to market strategy, not only in Florida, but in many areas outside of the state.”

Phipps purchased Rosholt, Wis.-based Bushmans’ Inc’s ownership stake of Market Fresh.