Third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, the acquisition of two jointly-owned produce industry companies: Rosemont Farms Corp., a produce marketing company; and Quality Logistics, a nonasset-based logistics sister company that focuses on produce transportation. Terms were not announced.
Rosemont offers produce and logistics solutions to retail and food service customers. C.H. Robinson says Rosemont’s expertise and grower relationships will further augment its existing regional grower programs and its focus on providing sustainable solutions that are close to the market, grower-based and supply chain-efficient. Quality Logistics primarily focuses on refrigerated and less-than-truckload transportation.
Rosemont and Quality Logistics are headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., and combined have about 100 employees. Both companies were established in 1999 by Andrew Schwartz, Frank Segui and Don Brodie. Schwartz and Segui will continue with the company in similar management roles.
“The Rosemont and Quality Logistics acquisition continues C.H. Robinson’s long track record of adapting to the needs of the marketplace by developing new approaches to the produce supply chain,” says Jim Lemke, senior vice president of sourcing for Minneapolis-based C.H. Robinson. “We continue to evolve and innovate our grower programs. Both companies’ experienced teams will be a driving force as we cultivate stronger and more active grower marketing programs. Their industry knowledge, commitment to service and relationships are a great complement to the Robinson team.”
In 2005, C.H. Robinson acquired FoodSource Inc., a California-based produce sourcing and marketing organization. C.H. Robinson says FoodSource’s regional programs and grower relationships have played an integral role in expanding its organic regional programs, and that the Rosemont acquisition will continue to support its supply-based sourcing strategies and ability to provide state-of-the-art solutions to meet consumers’ needs.