NEW YORKDec. 4, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vestar Capital Partners (“Vestar”), a leading U.S. middle-market private equity firm, announced that it has completed the sale of Edward Don & Co. (“DON” or “the Company”), a leading distributor of foodservice equipment and supplies, to Sysco Corporation. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“It’s been a privilege to support Steve Don and DON management to help them achieve their growth objectives,” said Rob Rosner, Founding Partner at Vestar. “When we originally invested in the business, we believed we were backing one of the strongest management teams and one of the highest-quality platforms in the foodservice equipment & supplies distribution space. That thesis has proven out many times over the years, and this successful outcome is yet another proof point.”

“We’re incredibly proud of what DON was able to accomplish during our partnership,” added Nikhil Bhat, Co-Head of Investments at Vestar. “The Company continued its long track record of successful organic growth and established itself as a premier platform in its industry, all while navigating a disruptive global pandemic. We’re grateful to the DON team for their leadership and hard work over our nearly 7-year partnership together in delivering this terrific outcome.”

Over the course of Vestar’s investment, DON expanded its footprint, secured significant new customers, and meaningfully grew revenue and earnings. DON will operate as a standalone specialty division within Sysco, and DON CEO and President Steve Don will continue to manage the business alongside DON’s leadership team.

“Vestar was a great partner to DON during a period of both unprecedented growth, but also unprecedented pandemic-related challenges, for our Company,” said Mr. Don. “We appreciate Vestar’s support of our customer-focused, service-oriented, integrated growth strategy over the past years, and look forward to continuing to deliver for all DON stakeholders in our exciting next chapter with Sysco.”

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and William Blair served as joint lead financial advisors to Edward Don & Company and Vestar. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to Edward Don & Company and Vestar.