Sysco has signed a definitive agreement to purchase US-based broadline distributor Waugh Foods.

Headquartered in East Peoria, Illinois, Waugh Foods has generated approximately $40m in annual sales.

Sysco US foodservice operations executive vice-president Greg Bertrand said: “Waugh Foods has a long, rich history in the Central Illinois area, which includes strong relationships with local independent operators.

“We are excited to welcome Waugh into the Sysco family and believe this acquisition is a perfect complement to our existing local and regional presence.”

"Waugh Foods has a long, rich history in the Central Illinois area, which includes strong relationships with local independent operators."

Waugh Foods president Rick Look and executives Tim Waugh and Joe Waugh Jr will continue to operate the business following the transaction.

Sysco markets and distributes food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, as well as lodging establishments.

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The company also offers equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. It currently operates approximately 330 distribution facilities globally and has more than 67,000 employees.

In November last year, Sysco online ordering platform Supplies on the Fly established a partnership with Frieda’s Specialty Produce to offer next-day delivery services to customers across the US.

As part of the deal, both the companies are allowing customers to choose from more than 150 speciality and exotic produce items.