Gordon Food Service has acquired Perkins, a leading broadline foodservice distributor based in Taunton MA.

Jim Gordon, chief executive officer of Gordon Food Service, said, “Perkins is a great company with a strong family heritage. Their dedication to high-quality service is an ideal fit with Gordon Food Service’s culture and commitment to exceptional customer service.”

Louis Perkins and his cousin Sam Franklin founded Perkins in 1915. At that time, the Franklin & Perkins Co. sold twine and plain craft paper to retail merchants and remained primarily a paper products distribution company until 1973. Through a number of acquisitions, as well as internal product category expansion, Perkins has become a top broadline foodservice distributor in the Northeast.

Gary and Larry Perkins are the third generation of the Perkins family to run the day-to-day business operation. They will continue to lead their team of more than 635 employees.

“As a family owned business, it was important to us to find the right partner to help this company move into the future,” said Gary Perkins, CEO of Perkins. “We are thrilled that the values of Gordon Food Service are so closely aligned with ours—those of integrity, value, service, quality, and hard work.”

Family-owned since its founding in 1915, Perkins is an independent wholesale distributor of foodservice and sanitary maintenance supplies with distribution centers in Taunton and New Windsor NY; cross-docking facilities in Springfield MA and Westbrook ME; and three Restaurant Superstores. It serves clients ranging from casual and fine dining to healthcare, bakeries, schools, lodging, and building maintenance companies. For more information, visit www.perkins1.com.

Founded in 1897, Gordon Food Service distributes to foodservice operators within the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast regions of the United States and coast-to-coast in Canada. The company also operates 148 GFS Marketplace retail stores. For more details, access www.gfs.com.