Golden State Foods Acquires McDonald's Distribution Center In Lebanon, Ill

  Golden State Foods Acquires McDonald's Distribution Center In Lebanon, Ill

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden State Foods (GSF), a
worldwide distributor and food processor, announced today that it acquired a
McDonald's distribution center in Lebanon, Ill., (near St. Louis, Mo.), from
Gateway Distribution. The facility services more than 350 McDonald's
restaurants in five states: Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky.
The facility employs approximately 160 associates, which increases GSF's total
associate count to nearly 4,500 worldwide. GSF services more than 25,000
stores in 50 countries from its 38 locations on four continents. With this
acquisition, GSF's annual sales are nearly $6 billion.

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"We are looking forward to combining the long-standing traditions established
by Gateway with GSF's, and continuing our strong partnership with McDonald's
as we expand our company throughout the Midwest," said Mark Wetterau, chairman
and CEO of Golden State Foods. "We value Bill Dowling, president and CEO of
Gateway, and all the Gateway associates for their outstanding accomplishments
and efforts over the years. We are excited to work with all of the associates,
as well as the McDonald's Owner/Operators and suppliers in the surrounding
markets. We wish Bill continued success in his retirement."

"I'm proud of the accomplishments of the entire Gateway Distribution Team,"
adds Dowling. "Gateway Distribution has been a leader in providing service to
the McDonald's System, and I fully expect this to continue as part of the
outstanding Golden State Foods organization.

"Golden State Foods has a similar value system and focus on customer
satisfaction. My hope is for the continued success of the Gateway
Distribution Team, Mark Wetterau and Golden State Foods."

The acquisition occurred to maximize efficiencies and strengthen the
distribution network within the McDonald's system.

About Golden State Foods
Golden State Foods (www.goldenstatefoods.com) is one of the largest
diversified suppliers to the quick service restaurant industry. Established
in 1947, the company is value-based with proven performance in superior
quality, innovation and customer service throughout the QSR industry. With
approximately 4,500 employees worldwide, GSF services more than 25,000 stores
in 50 countries from its 38 locations on six continents. Its annual revenues
are nearly $6 billion. The company's core businesses include processing of
liquid products, meat, produce, bakery, dairy and other services as well as
full-line distribution to the quick service restaurant industry. Golden State
Foods also runs a national non-profit organization, the GSF Foundation, for
kids.

About Gateway Distribution, Inc.
Gateway Distribution, Inc., is a distribution services provider to more than
350 McDonald's restaurants spanning five states: Illinois, Missouri, Iowa,
Kentucky and Indiana. Its mission is "total customer satisfaction." The
company's roots go back to 1959 when Prairie Farms began services to three
McDonald's restaurants in the St. Louis Metro area. In January of 2009, Bill
Dowling founded Gateway Distribution and acquired PFD Supply of Lebanon. For
more information, visit www.gateway-distribution.com.

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SOURCE Golden State Foods

Website: http://www.goldenstatefoods.com