L.T. Acosta opens a family-run, single-market food broker, servicing the Jacksonville, FL, area. The company is known as L.T. Acosta Company, Inc.
Louis Acosta persuades Robert H.(Hy) Albritton, president and owner of Common & Co. Food Brokers, to merge with L.T. Acosta Co.
L.T. Acosta retires and Hy Albritton becomes president and CEO of L.T. Acosta Co.
Hy Albritton retires and Del Dallas becomes president of the company and an expansion plan is initiated. Acosta Sales Co. begins its first stage of expansion by opening an office in Tampa, FL. In the process, Acosta becomes one of the first companies to offer manufacturer representation in more than one geographic area.
1977-1983. Acosta becomes a regional agency, opening offices in Florida statewide (1991), Alabama (1977) and Georgia (1983).
1989 - 1990s: Acosta continues extending its reach through acquisitions in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana; the 1990s brought mass consolidation of food retailers and manufacturers and centralization of procurement centers.
Gary Chartrand becomes president of Acosta.
Gary Chartrand is named Acosta’s CEO.
1998 to 2008: Acosta grows throughout the mid-West, West, Southwest, and Canada (2002) and expands coverage into the natural/specialty sales, fresh foods (2004), drug (2008), military (2008), and marketing/promotions (2009) channels.
1/2009: Robert Hill becomes Acosta’s fifth president and CEO, Gary Chartrand moves to executive chairman of the board and celebrates 25 years with Acosta.
12/2009: Acosta continues acquisitions to enhance its presence in the fresh foods and drug channels.
6/2010: Acosta acquires FrontLine Marketing, a leading national in-store advertising network and shopper marketing company.
01/2011: Acosta Marketing Group (AMG) is formed to offer enhanced integrated marketing services.
02/2012: Acosta acquires Griffin Strategic Advisors, a comprehensive strategy and operations management consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve profitability and accelerate growth. Griffin combined with Acosta’s Marketing Group (AMG) to form AMG Strategic Advisors.
04/12: Acosta enters the food service industry with the acquisition of Venture Sales Group.
05/12: Acosta acquires Quality Sales & Marketing, the leading food service agency serving North and South Carolina.
07/12: Acosta expands marketing services with the acquisition of Mosaic Sales Solutions, one of the fastest growing agencies in North America specializing in connecting brands with consumers in non-traditional ways, including retail events, community experiences, assisted selling, and online social media extensions.
09/12: Acosta extends foodservice coverage throughout the southeast with acquistions of United Foodservice Sales, with operations in Alabama and the Florida panhandle; Innovative Foodservice Marketing, with operations in Mississippi; Premier Sales Associates with operations in Tennessee; and Joyner Brokerage Company with operations in Arkansas.
10/12: Acosta continues foodservice expansion with acquisitions in the southwest including Lott Marketing, with operations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico; LaFond Food Brokers, with operations in Arizona and Nevada; and Kirkpatrick Brokerage Company, with operations in Colorado.
10/12: Acosta’s foodservice division now spans most of the country with the acquistions of Bay Brokerage Company, with operations in Nevada and Northern California; and Encore Sales & Marketing, with operations in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii.
11/12: Acosta bolsters foodservice offering in the Northeast through the acquisition of Market Access Culinary Group, an agency with operations from Maine to Virgina.
Acosta continues Foodservice expansion in the West with two Southern California agencies: Foodservice Associates and Dennis-Biernat & Associates.
03/13: Acosta extends foodservice coverage across the Midwest and East with the acquisitions of Juhl Brokerage, with operations in Minnesota; North Dakota; South Dakota; Nebraska; Montana; and Iowa; and Mid-State Food Brokers, with operations in upstate New York.
04/13: Acosta continues foodservice expansion across the U.S. with three acquisitions: Wolff Group with operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; Basic Sales & Marketing with operations in Utah; and Progressive Marketing with operations in Hawaii.
05/13: Acosta's national foodservice platform now spans a majority of the U.S. with four acquistions in the southeast: AFM in Florida, AFM Pegasus in Georgia, AFM Harvest in the Carolinas, and ACM representing the domestic and overseas military channels.