Novi’s Lineage Logistics Acquires Last Mile Food Distribution Assets from New York’s Maines Paper and Food Service

Novi-based Lineage Logistics, a global provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions, has acquired the assets of Maines Paper and Food Service Inc., a foodservice distributor based in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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Lineage Logistics has acquired the assets of Maines Paper and Food Service Inc. // Photo courtesy of Lineage Logistics

Novi-based Lineage Logistics, a global provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions, has acquired the assets of Maines Paper and Food Service Inc., a foodservice distributor based in New York. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lineage acquired Maines’ last mile food service distribution assets, which primarily supports Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Darden Restaurants. The division, which encompasses a warehousing and transportation network across seven states, services more than 2,500 brand restaurants that include Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, and The Capital Grille.

Lineage is a leading innovator in temperature-controlled supply chain and logistics. The company offers end-to-end logistical solutions, a vast real estate network, and technology to promote food safety, increase distribution efficiency, advance sustainability, lessen environmental impact, and minimize supply chain waste.

“To complete this acquisition in the midst of a worldwide pandemic while the nation is facing economic headwinds is extraordinary, but we continue to bet on America and are thrilled to further support our front line heroes in the food supply chain, like those at Lineage and Maines,” says Greg Lehmkuhl, president and CEO of Lineage. “We look forward to the opportunity to step up and help our customers stabilize their supply chain, preserve hundreds of jobs for hardworking Maines employees, and ensure we continue to feed the world.”

The transaction builds on Lineage’s temperature-controlled logistics network, which includes more than 50 million square feet and 1.8 billion cubic feet of temperature-controlled capacity across more than 290 facilities in 11 countries in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

“Maines has served as a key distributor of America’s foodservice community over the last century, and today’s news ensures our QSR (quick serve restaurant) and casual dining distribution business can continue to operate and service our customers for years to come as part of one of the best food supply chain networks in the world,” says Chris Mellon, president and CEO of Maines. “In Lineage, we’ve found a great partner with a stellar track record of doing business the right way and a reputation of taking care of its people, customers, and communities.”

Lineage helps its client, which include customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses, increase the efficiency and protect the integrity of their temperature-controlled supply chain.

Lineage was recognized as the No 1. Data Science company on Fast Company’s Annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2019, in addition to ranking 23rd overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide. For more information, visit www.lineagelogistics.com

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