(UPDATED COVERAGE, Sept. 16) Helping it get closer to the growing end of produce distribution, Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc.. has acquired Rosemont Farms Corp. Inc. and Quality Logistics LLC.
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
C.H. Robinson cited Boca Raton, Fla.-based Rosemont’s long history of adapting to the needs of the marketplace by developing new approaches to the supply chain.
In 1999, Andrew Schwartz, Frank Segui and Don Brodie founded Rosemont, a grower, shipper and marketer which sells to retail and foodservice customers.
Schwartz and Segui plan to continue with C.H. Robinson in similar management roles, said Jim Lemke, C.H. Robinson’s senior vice president of sourcing.
“The cool thing is they have been able to take their model, which began primarily as being just a Southeastern dry vegetable trading business, and in a short period of time have become a nationally known company,” Lemke said. “They have a lot of developing relationships with receivers in a couple of key markets west of the Mississippi River that we didn’t have before. Being both a grower-shipper and a trading organization, they will help add to our long-term strategy of continuing to get closer to the ground.”
Rosemont’s Quality Logistics transportation division focuses primarily on refrigerated and less-than-truckload transportation.
Lemke said the Rosemont addition will be similar to the assimilation of Monterey, Calif.-based FoodSource Procurement LLC, which C.H. Robinson purchased in 2005.
Added to its Western sourcing offices, Rosemont’s Southeastern growing and packing operations should help C.H. Robinson incrementally add supply as well as additional sales and sourcing personnel, Lemke said.
In a news release, Schwartz said Rosemont is proud to combine its produce and supply chain expertise with C.H. Robinson. He said the two companies have worked together for many years and look forward to combining their collective resources and capabilities.
Lemke and other C.H. Robinson officials declined to state Rosemont’s sales.