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DMA adds 2 new members

July 27, 2020
DiCarlo Food Service, Upper Lakes Foods join network, giving DMA 15 regional companies serving multi-unit operators

Distribution Market Advantage (DMA) recently added DiCarlo Food Service and Upper Lakes Foods as distributor members.

DMA now has added seven new members to its network in the past 18 months, and says it will continue to grow its supply chain and distribution capabilities to service multi-unit chain restaurants, hospitality and healthcare foodservice customers.

The DMA network now consists of 15 of the nation’s top regional, independently owned companies, all focused on the success of the multi-unit operator.

Headquartered in Long Island NY, DiCarlo is one of the largest independently owned east coast food distributors, serving restaurants and multi-unit operators for 57 years, from Maine to Northern Virginia. They are known for their breadth of product and fresh food offerings, outstanding customer service, and innovation.

“We are pleased to join our industry leading peers and strengthen DMA’s distribution presence in the northeast,” said CEO John DiCarlo Sr. “As a family-owned company, we have huge pride in helping our customers build, rebuild and win in a tough time for our industry. We know that our care for the customer is a good match for DMA and the independent distributors that make up DMA. We are very excited to service some of the most innovative brands in the restaurant and hospitality industries.”

Headquartered in North-Central Minnesota, Upper Lakes is the largest independent foodservice distributor in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For 53 years, they have grown the business satisfying restaurants and multi-unit customers in the upper Midwest from the Dakota’s to Michigan. They are known for being innovative, and their hallmark is always satisfying the customer.

“We keep innovating, growing our geography, improving our technology, our product and service capabilities and our team,” said Sue Ryan, CEO of Upper Lakes Foods. “By aligning with DMA, we hope to carefully accelerate that same work, adding partner-oriented chain restaurants, hospitality and healthcare operators.

“We are also proud to join distributors who have similar values and humble beginnings. It is great timing for us to partner with DMA in the difficult industry revitalization ahead.”

Pat Mulhern, DMA CEO, echoed the new members’ enthusiasm, saying his organization was excited to add their customer-focused businesses to the DMA family.

“They are both multi-regional experts taking care of multi-unit customers,” he said. “For 32 years, DMA has been a place where great customers come to find great partners for their supply chain needs. As choices for distribution across multiple geographies continue to get more challenging, we continue to add great companies to the DMA family.

“We are always focused on adding physical capacity while helping our multi-unit operators prosper. During these, the toughest of times for our industry, we continue to build with our partners for our partners.”

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