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Gold Star Foods Acquires School Meal Distributor A&R Wholesale

Gold Star Foods has acquired Southern California school meal distributor A&R Wholesale Distributors. Terms for the deal were not disclosed.

The acquisition will bolster Gold Star’s existing school meal distribution portfolio, which currently includes Los Angeles Unified School District and other school clients in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Gold Star is a portfolio company of Castle Harlan Inc.

“Like Gold Star, A&R is experienced in dealing with the complexities of the USDA Child Nutrition Program and helps to create meals that adhere to USDA nutritional standards and commodity guidelines,” David B. Pittaway, senior managing director of Castle Harlan, said in a statement. “The combination of Gold Star and A&R will allow customers to benefit from access to new product categories, an increased number of SKUs and higher service levels.”

A&R’s operations will eventually transition to Gold Star’s Ontario, Calif., headquarters.