Five Star Acquires Two Companies in the Gulf Coast

Jan 09, 2024

Expanding the company’s base in Florida and Louisiana

Five Star Breaktime Solutions, a leading provider of micro markets, full-service vending, and office coffee services, today announces the acquisition of two vending companies in the Gulf Coast region — Quality Vending Services and Wayne's Vending. Both acquisitions occurred in the weeks prior to the new year. Each operation is located inside Five Star Breaktime Solutions’ current operating footprint driving growth of the company’s customer base in the Florida panhandle and metro New Orleans.

Quality Vending Services, founded in 2008 by Steve Demeter, operates two vending routes servicing the greater Pensacola, FL area. The acquisition of Quality Vending Services increases Five Star’s presence in the Florida Gulf Coast and will allow Five Star to share their breaktime solutions with these new customers.

Wayne's Vending, founded by Wayne Burckel in 1986, has been in the New Orleans, LA community for over three decades servicing approximately 90 clients. The addition of Wayne's Vending to Five Star Breaktime Solutions strengthens the company's position in New Orleans and aligns with its commitment to enhance the breaktime experience for their clients.

“We are excited about our opportunity to expand our vending base of customers in these areas,” said Greg Lucia, Senior Regional Vice President at Five Star. “Our team sees great potential in working with our newest clients to provide additional services of micro-markets, coffee, and water filtration to our new vending customers. “

The integration of these acquisitions will leverage Five Star Breaktime Solutions’ expertise, technology, and resources to enhance the customer experience and offer a wider range of products and services. Clients of Quality Vending Services and Wayne's Vending can expect a seamless transition with continued dedication to excellence and reliability.


Five Star Breaktime Solutions, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is a premier away-from-home food and beverage retail solutions provider for employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is an industry leader in micro markets, full-line vending, pantry, coffee and water services, full-service dining, catering, fresh food production, secured delivery, and sustainable products serving customers in ten states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Founded in 1993, Five Star has grown to one of the largest privately held convenience services operators in the United States and is the largest franchise of Canteen, a Compass Group company.

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C. J. Recher


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