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Georgia-Pacific buying SPG facilities in three states

HATTIESBURG — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, LP and SPG Holdings, LLC have reached an agreement under which Georgia-Pacific would purchase SPG, a paper goods company that manufactures and converts products for the foodservice industry. SPG has operations in Hattiesburg as well as Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Augusta, Georgia. CIC Partners, a Dallas-based middle market private equity firm, has been lead investor ...

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Merchants Co. lands $12.3M military contract

HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Co. of Hattiesburg has been awarded to provide food and beverage services to the U.S. military. The contact, awarded through the Defense Logistics Agency, has a maximum value of $12.3 million. The company will provide services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air National Guard. Merchants says it supplies fresh and ...

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Merchants Foodservice joins Independent Marketing Alliance

HATTIESBURG — Merchants Foodservice is now a member company of Independent Marketing Alliance (IMA). Andy Mercier, president/CEO, Merchants Foodservice, stated, “We attribute much of our success to the integrity and hard work of Merchants’ team of professionals. Their ‘whatever it takes’ commitment to finding a way to “make our customers’ lives easier” continues to spur growth and new achievements for ...

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Coast restaurant damaged by early morning fire

GULFPORT — Authorities in Gulfport are investigating an early morning fire that damaged a restaurant. WLOX TV reports a fire was reported this morning at South China Chinese Restaurant on Courthouse Road at around 4 a.m. Gulfport Fire Department battalion chief Chris Henderson said the fire started in the kitchen where a pot was found left on the stove. Henderson ...

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Foodservice company draws MDEQ fine for wastewater

PEARL — A foodservice company is paying an $18,000 civil fine for dumping wastewater into Jackson’s sewer system for 11 years without a permit. Valley Services agreed in March to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. An order published by the department says the company’s Pearl facility has been discharging wastewater since 2001. Jackson’s sewer system ...

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Hostess' shutdown leaves schools looking for bread

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Dozens of Mississippi school districts are looking for a new supplier for bread and rolls as the shutdown of Hostess impacts lunchrooms. The Mississippi Department of Education tells The Clarion-Ledger six out of seven regions of the state are affected by the shutting down of Hostess Brands foods. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says school districts are working ...

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McAlister's sees revenue increase driven by entree sales

RIDGELAND — McAlister’s Deli reports same-store sales increased 7 percent during the third quarter of 2012. Company-owned restaurants were up 6.9 percent and franchise restaurants were up 7 percent. McAlister’s says sales performance was driven by a 5.8 percent increase in entree sales, which is a good measure of traffic gains. For the first three quarters of 2012, system comparable ...

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McAlister's Delis going up in Florida, Michigan, Nebraska

RIDGELAND — McAlister’s Deli has signed three multi-unit store development agreements with new and existing franchisees for 10 new restaurants in the greater Tampa, Fla. area, three new restaurants in central Michigan and five new restaurants in Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. New franchisee Brayton Knotts and McKnotts Enterprise, LLC will develop 10 McAlister’s Deli locations in the Tampa area over ...

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Merchants subsidiary buys distribution center in Florida

HATTIESBURG — Sunrise Fresh Produce LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merchants Foodservice, has completed its acquisition of certain assets from Produce Distribution Center, LLC located in Jacksonville, Fla. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction gives Sunrise Fresh Produce its second produce distribution center as Sunrise Fresh Produce of Jacksonville, Fla. In association with the acquisition, Michael O’Brien, formerly of ...

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Merchants Foodservice makes national ranking again

HATTIESBURG — The nation’s 50 largest broadline distributors collectively broke the $100-billion mark in 2010, growing sales 5 percent over sales reported by the 2009 Top 50. It was a strong performance following the 2 percent sales decline the Top 50 experienced in 2009. The performance of the top 10 companies alone paints a bright turnaround picture: In 2009, the ...

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