Dierks Waukesha to be acquired by US Foods

Freeman Staff

Dec. 18, 2015

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 not disclosed.

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 announcement.

“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 Foods.

“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 successful.”

The transaction is expected to close Dec. 31.