WAUKESHA — Family owned Dierks
Waukesha will be acquired by US Foods, a national food distributor,
according to a Friday announcement. Terms of the transaction were
The purchase by US Foods is part
of a larger plan to seek to grow through mergers and acquisition,
according to the Rosemont, Ill.-based company.
Dierks Waukesha serves more than
3,500 customers in Wisconsin, northern Illinois, upper Michigan and
eastern Minnesota and have been family owned for three generations.
Its customers range from fine dining restaurants and caterers to
schools and institutional organizations. With approximately $120
million in annual sales, Dierks is one of the leading independent
foodservice distributors in the region, according to the
“Dierks has been a top food
service provider for restaurants throughout the area since 1963 and
you don’t stay in business that long without doing things right,”
said Russell Scott, Midwest region president for US Foods, in a
statement. “We are excited to build on the great reputation of
Dierks and introduce its customers to the innovative products and
best-in-class marketing, technology and business solutions that have
made US Foods an industry leader.”
US Foods will service customers
throughout the region from both its distribution center in Menomonee
Falls and the Dierks distribution center in Waukesha. The Dierks
employees will be joining US Foods and will continue servicing
customers throughout the area.
Thomas Muehl, one of the owners
of Dierks, and Kevin Musser, CEO of Dierks, will also be joining US
“US Foods has a lot to offer
both our customers and our employees,” Muehl said in a statement.
“I’m excited that the Dierks team will now be a part of this great
company and for our customers to gain access to the expanded
offering from US Foods that is sure to help them be even more
The transaction is expected to
close Dec. 31.