Five Star Acquires Van Vending Service, Inc.

May 24, 2024

Expanding Regional Presence and Service Offerings

NASHVILLE, TN – May 23, 2024 – Five Star Breaktime Solutions, a leading provider of refreshment services in the southeastern United States, is proud to announce the acquisition of Van Vending Service, Inc. This acquisition enhances Five Star Breaktime Solutions' market presence and service capabilities in Nashville, Clarksville, and Bowling Green.

Founded in 1990 by the Svedin family, currently owned and operated by Bjorn and Janet Svedin, Van Vending Service, Inc. has built a stellar reputation over the past 34 years, offering a diverse range of services including Micro Markets, Vending, Office Coffee, Pantry, Water, and Catering Services. With a service area spanning across major cities, Van Vending Service, Inc. has been a key player in the regional refreshment service industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome Van Vending Service, Inc. to the Five Star Breaktime Solutions team,” said Mark Stephanos, Senior Executive Vice President of Retail Operations of Five Star Breaktime Solutions. “Bjorn and Janet Svedin have created a remarkable business with a strong commitment to quality and customer service. This acquisition aligns perfectly with our growth strategy and our dedication to delivering comprehensive breaktime solutions to our clients specifically in Nashville and the surrounding areas. We look forward to building on their legacy and expanding our service offerings in these key markets.”

This acquisition will allow Five Star Breaktime Solutions to leverage Van Vending Service, Inc.'s established infrastructure and experienced team to enhance service delivery and introduce new offerings to a broader customer base. Sons of Bjorn and Janet, Lucas and Jacob Svedin will both stay on in management roles with Five Star, so clients can expect a seamless transition with continued commitment to high-quality service and innovative solutions.

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Established in 1990, Van Vending Service, Inc. has been a trusted provider of comprehensive refreshment services in Nashville, Clarksville, and Bowling Green. Owned and operated by Bjorn and Janet Svedin, the company has a longstanding reputation for excellence and a commitment to customer service.


Five Star Breaktime Solutions, headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, is a premier away-from-home food and beverage solutions provider for employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is an industry leader in breakroom 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 franchisee of Canteen, a Compass Group company.

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C. J. Recher


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