EVANSVILLE — Farm Boy Food Service, a supplier to several Evansville-area restaurants, is now part of a similar operation in Owensboro, Kentucky.
The merger of Evansville’s Farm Boy and Owensboro’s CRS OneSource will result in no layoffs and create the region’s largest independent local food distributor, the companies say.
The companies will employ 250 people and serve more than 2,500 customers in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Both entities will retain their names, with CRS OneSource acting as the parent company.
“Our number one priority is to remain valuable to our customer base,” said Alan Clark, current president of CRS OneSource and president of the combined companies. “We have completed four major consolidations over the past 20 years. Each was designed to make us more efficient and reduce system costs to better meet the needs of our customers.
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“We will integrate proven Farm Boy brands while supporting the full line of Italian and pizza products that customers know and love,” Clark said.
Farm Boy Food Service President Mark Bonenberger will assume the role of Special Projects Manager in the combined organization.
Farm Boy was founded in 1952 by John Bonenberger as a meat processing plant. He then became a general food distributor. The company launched Big B Barbeque sauce and also acquired McCuiston Distributing Co., a company specializing in pizza and Italian cuisine.
CRS OneSource was founded in 1948 in Owensboro by Marvin Clark Sr. in Owensboro. It entered the Indiana and Illinois markets in 1967 with the acquisition of Diamond Coffee Co. in Evansville. The company is now owned by third-generation grandsons, Alan Clark and Derek Clark, and is among the Power 50 in the US BroadlineDistributor report for 2022.