Freeman Spogli & Company Acquires A Majority Interest In Five Star

Mar 29, 2019

Five Star Food Service, Inc. (“Five Star” or the “Company”), announced today that it has been acquired by Freeman Spogli & Company, management, and other investors. Non-included were the financials of the transaction.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Five Star is a leading provider of unattended food and also beverage solutions in the Southeast, operating over 1,350 micro markets, 17,500 vending machines, 7,300 coffee machines and serving over two million dining meals per year throughout Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky. In addition, the company services over 8,500 diverse customers through a network of 17 branch locations and 300 routes. Five Star is the largest franchisee of Canteen Vending Services, a division of Compass Group USA, Inc.. They are the leading provider of micro markets and unattended food service in the United States.

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“Micro markets are a high growth segment of unattended foodservice benefiting from shifting consumer preferences towards snacking, portable meals, and fresh and healthy offerings,” said Brad Brutocao, a partner at Freeman Spogli. “Led by CEO Alan Recher, the Five Star management team has done an outstanding job positioning Five Star as the leading provider of unattended food and beverage solutions in its geographies. Pleased to partner with management in the next phase of this exciting growth story. Looking forward to supporting Five Star as long-term investors in the Company.”

Alan Recher added, “We are thrilled to partner with Freeman Spogli, whose relevant experience in value-added distribution, foodservice, and convenience retail are a perfect fit for the Company and will be invaluable resources as we continue to grow the business organically and through acquisitions.”

Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP acted as the legal advisor to Freeman Spogli & Company. Furthermore, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP and Evans Harrison Hackett PLLC acted as the legal advisors to the Company and its controlling shareholder. Piper Jaffray & Company acted as lead financial advisor to the Company. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Ares Capital Corporation and also Varagon Capital Partners.

About Five Star Food Service

Five Star Food Service’s headquarters is in Chattanooga, TN. The company is also Southeast’s premier on-site food and beverage solution provider. They cater to employers and also other commercial, institutional, and educational locations. Five Star is a leader in micro markets, full-line vending, and corporate pantry kitchen. They also provide coffee and water services, full-service dining, catering, and sustainable products. Their services areas include Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Founded in 1993, Five Star has grown to one of the largest privately held operators in the United States and is a franchise of Canteen, a Compass Group company. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

About Freeman Spogli & Co.

Freeman Spogli & Co. is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer and also distribution companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1983, Freeman Spogli has invested $4.5 billion in 61 portfolio companies. They have an aggregate transaction value of over $23 billion. They are also currently making investments from FS Equity Partners VIII, L.P. Freeman Spogli has offices in Los Angeles and also New York. For more information, please visit

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