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    Local Commissary Joins Tedeschi Food Shops Family

    ROCKLAND, Mass. -- Two years after enlisting DSD1 to develop and distribute its fresh sandwich and meal line, Tedeschi Food Shops acquired the local commissary. DSD1 will now carry the Tedeschi Fresh Foods name and will be a subsidiary of the locally based retailer.

    After testing the waters in 25 locations two years ago, Tedeschi rolled out the signature TD’s Deli packaged fresh food line to about 150 of its 188 stores. When added to the 21 Tedeschi Food Shops that offer full-service deli programs, 90 percent of its locations feature sandwich and foodservice programs.

    The acquisition follows Tedeschi’s short-, mid- and long-term strategic objectives. In addition, it allows the company to consolidate control of its foodservice offerings.

    "We will leverage the experience that we gain in distribution from our commissary to help us achieve several of our corporate and retail agility objectives," said Peter Tedeschi, president and chief executive officer. This involves initiatives ranging from "time to market" to economics associated with the delivery of products to stores, the company added.

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