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History

Acosta has an impressive track record of industry leadership. Explore the interactive timeline below to see the highlights.

1927

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.

1956

Louis Acosta persuades Robert H.(Hy) Albritton, president and owner of Common & Co. Food Brokers, to merge with L.T. Acosta Co.

1959

L.T. Acosta retires and Hy Albritton becomes president and CEO of L.T. Acosta Co.

1974

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

1977-1983. Acosta becomes a regional agency, opening offices in Florida statewide (1991), Alabama (1977) and Georgia (1983).

1989

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.

1993

Gary Chartrand becomes president of Acosta.

1996

Gary Chartrand is named Acosta’s CEO.

1998

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.

2009

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.

2009

12/2009: Acosta continues acquisitions to enhance its presence in the fresh foods and drug channels.

2010

6/2010: Acosta acquires FrontLine Marketing, a leading national in-store advertising network and shopper marketing company.

2011

01/2011: Acosta Marketing Group (AMG) is formed to offer enhanced integrated marketing services.

2012

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.

2012

04/12: Acosta enters the food service industry with the acquisition of Venture Sales Group.

2012

05/12: Acosta acquires Quality Sales & Marketing, the leading food service agency serving North and South Carolina.

2012

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.

2012

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.

2012

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.

2012

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.

2012

10/12: Acosta Mosaic Group (AMG) acquired Hunter Straker, Canada’s only Purchase Design™ agency. Hunter Straker has a proven track record for implementing consistent design across all in-store touchpoints from package and brand design to shopper marketing and promotions.

2012

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.

2012

Acosta continues Foodservice expansion in the West with two Southern California agencies: Foodservice Associates and Dennis-Biernat & Associates.

2013

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.

2013

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.

2013

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.

2013

06/13: Acosta enhances foodservice platform with two acquisitions: Points West with operations in Arizona and Food Masters with operations in California.

2013

08/13: Acosta bolsters foodservice platform with the acquisition of Rheuark FSI Sales serving Kansas and Western Missouri.

2013

9/13: Acosta enhances foodservice platform with two acquisitions: Gateway Foodservice, a regional foodservice agency based in St. Louis, Missouri and Dynamic Marketing Group (DMG), a non-foods company specializing in equipment, disposables and supplies based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

2013

10/13: Acosta strengthens foodservice platform with the acquisition of Desert Packaging, a regional agency based in Scottsdale, Arizona, serving all of Arizona, as well as several national restaurant and grocery chains.