Acosta Acquires Howard & Associates

Broadens Acosta Foodservice non-foods platform in Texas, Oklahoma

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Acosta Sales & Marketing has announced the acquisition of Howard & Associates in Carrollton, Texas. The integration of Howard & Associates with Acosta's rapidly growing Foodservice division will expand Acosta Cornerstone's non-foods coverage in the Central region. Acosta (CSP Daily News / Convenience Stores / Foodservice / General Merchandise)

Acosta Foodservice provides integrated sales and marketing solutions for major food and non-food manufacturers, distributors and operators across all away from home meal channels. In addition, Acosta Cornerstone offers a non-foods team dedicated solely to disposables, equipment and supplies.

"Howard & Associates is one of the leading foodservice supplies agencies in Texas and Oklahoma with an impressive track record and strong local relationships," said Mark Hayden, president of Acosta Foodservice. "Our expanded Acosta Cornerstone team will be able to provide unmatched personalized service to manufacturers, distributors and operators in the Central region."

"The talent and expertise of Howard & Associates will be a tremendous asset to our company," said Dan Rodenbush, executive vice president of Acosta Cornerstone.

"Our team is excited to become a part of Acosta's culture focused on people, teamwork, trust and results," said Charlotte Howard, principal at Howard & Associates. "We are aligning ourselves with experienced foodservice industry experts and providing best-in-class training opportunities for our associates. By joining forces with Acosta, we will be able to provide our clients with new resources to drive growth and sales."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Acosta provides a wide range of outsourced sales, marketing and retail merchandising services to manufacturers and retailers throughout the United States and Canada.

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