Favorite Foods acquires assets of Donahue Brothers, Inc.

Favorite Foods, Inc of Somersworth, NH is excited to announce that the Company has reached an agreement with Donahue Brothers, Inc. of Methuen, MA to acquire certain assets of their business. The transition is effective November 13th, 2023 and many of the Donahue Employees will be joining the Favorite Foods Team.

Favorite Foods is a Broadline Foodservice Distributor that was established in 1987, supplying Independent Operators in Southern Maine, the North Shore and Central Massachusetts, as well as throughout New Hampshire.

Donahue Brothers is a third-generation Foodservice Distributor that was established in 1919 and have developed a Legacy Brand around their Donahue Brothers Coffee. Increasing their product offering throughout the years, they too, have solidified their business as a Broadline Distributor servicing the same geographic territory as Favorite Foods.

David Donahue, Vice President, will be joining Favorite Foods along with their team of tenured Sales Consultants and Service Technicians. Bill Donahue will remain available as a Consultant during the transition as he looks forward to the opportunity to spend more time with his family.

Chris Barstow, President and CEO of Favorite Foods stated that “This agreement has been long in the making as part of our strategic plan for growth and I couldn’t be more pleased that it has come to fruition. The two companies couldn’t mirror each other any better. In addition to both being family owned and operated local businesses, the types of customers that we are honored to service, the geographies of the customer base, world class service and, most importantly, our shared moral compass which focuses on integrity, forgiveness, compassion and responsibility – couldn’t be more similar. Both companies are also Members of UniPro Foodservice, the largest Foodservice Cooperative in the country. We are excited to acquire the Donahue customer base, and with our expanded product offering, we look forward to the opportunity to further enhance the long-term, very loyal relationships that they have nurtured for over a century.”

Bill Donahue, President of Donahue Brothers adds “This is emotional for us, but it is time. Carrying on the legacy that our father and grandfather had created has been a privilege. We wanted to do right by our employees and customers and the Barstows checked all of the boxes. Our values of trust, honesty, customer service and family first will be carried on. Like us, it is part of their business model. We are confident that the Donahue Brothers name and our loyal customers are being left in good hands”.

Both companies are vested in a smooth transition. Should there be any speed bumps during the process, we ask for your continued support and patience as we work tirelessly to smooth them out.

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