Our Story

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Keeping America Working™

Five Star has expertly stitched together the best family businesses in vending and food service from the South, backed by southern hospitality and world-class service to companies across the Southeast and Midwest. The result is a highly customer-oriented business with a strong sense of family.

Founded in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1993, Five Star has grown to become one of the nation's top and largest out-of-home food and beverage retail solution providers for employers, commercial, institutional, and educational locations. In 2008, the company restructured and became a franchisee of Canteen, a Compass-Group USA subsidiary, creating a contiguous footprint across Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina.

Five Star is owned by New York and Los Angeles-based private equity firm Freeman Spogli & Co., who acquired the company in 2019. Freeman Spogli & Co. is dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer and distribution companies.

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A Growing Enterprise

Five Star operates in major United States cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, Dayton, Huntsville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Mobile, and the small towns in between. Through a series of strategic acquisitions, Five Star has since expanded our service area significantly. In 2011, a focus on innovation and the emergence of the micro market concept proved to be a game-changer for Five Star and soon revolutionized the vending industry. Early adoption of micro markets positioned Five Star as industry leaders. As a result, Five Star has spurred unprecedented growth.

We pride ourselves on being leaders in providing full vending machine service, micro-markets, office coffee service, catering, pantry, and corporate foodservice. Our business philosophy is anchored in the traditional principles of integrity, quality, and customer focus.

“We differentiate ourselves through the quality of service. We have built a culture that supports the development of our people and cultivates meaningful relationships with our customers.”

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Richard Kennedy

President & CEO

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Our Vision

Our purpose is to reshape the breaktime experience for those companies looking to improve productivity, collaboration, employee loyalty, and culture.

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Our Mission

We strive each day to enrich the work-life of every employee we touch through our dedication to uncompromised convenience service partnerships.

Our Values


We work each day to enrich the work-life of every employee we serve.


We constantly strive to Reshape the Breaktime Experience.


We are dedicated to uncompromised convenience service partnerships.


We aim to support our communities and positively impact lives locally.

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Get Started with a Free Quote Today

Contact us today to get a quote for our micro market, vending, pantry, and other services. We look forward to helping you find the perfect solution for your business!