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Food service merger creates $100M company

April 24, 2017
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Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services was founded in 1990. Photo via fb.com

A pair of Michigan-based food service companies have announced a merger that brings their combined revenues to $100 million.

Zeeland-based Creative Dining Services said today it joined forces with family owned Premiere Food Service of Williamston, east of Lansing.

The merger was finalized earlier this month.

The executive team and staff from Creative Dining will manage the combined company out of the Zeeland office.

Premiere Food Services co-founders Larry Mourey and Lori Mourey are collaborating with Jim Eickhoff, Creative Dining Services president and CEO, on a 60-day leadership transition plan, after which Larry Mourey will remain with the company in a consulting role.

Creative Dining Services said the merger will have “no impact” on its staff.

The combined company employs 1,800 workers and serves 70 clients in 12 states.

Clients include business and industrial firms located in the Midwest, South, south-central states and the Rockies. The client base features colleges, senior living communities, conference centers, K-12 school systems and camps.

Eickhoff said the “pooling of expertise” from the two companies will enable Creative Dining Services to offer customers “more options.”

For instance, Premiere Food Service offers Origins, a specialty collection of recipes and culinary production methods for a “clean and healthier” lifestyle, focusing on gluten-free, paleo and organic menu selections.

Last year, Creative Dining Services developed Farmstead, a program designed to engage local and regional growers, producers and food hubs that don’t have distribution through the company’s primary and secondary vendor partnerships.

They include family owned and small co-operative growers operating as consumer-supported agriculture outlets and direct farm-to-institution sellers that deliver directly to account locations.

Creative Dining Services said the goal is to “ensure a secure supply chain that can demonstrate the ability to deliver safe product” to its accounts.

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