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June 9, 2016    
Tully & Holland, Inc. is pleased to announce its role as exclusive financial advisor to Davidson Co., Inc. of Meriden, d/b/a Davidson Specialty Foods, in its sale to C & S Wholesale Grocers, the United State's largest grocery wholesaler.  
Davidson Specialty Foods based in Newington, CT, is the largest specialty food distributor within its East Coast region. The Company has over forty years of experience distributing specialty, ethnic, kosher, and kosher frozen lines. Since its advent in 1974, the Company has grown to include over 6,000 products, distributing across New England and the New York metropolitan area.

Bob and Jim Rowe will continue to manage the Davidson business, ensuring continued personalized customer service. "I can think of no finer partners than Rick Cohen and the C & S team," said Bob Rowe, President of Davidson.  "Becoming part of the C & S family, the nation's leading grocery supplier and a company that shares our dedication to customer service, is very exciting and opens the door for significant growth opportunities" added Jim, Davidson's Sr. Vice President.

Tully & Holland, Inc. acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Davidson Specialty Foods in its sale to C & S Wholesale Grocer. "It was truly an honor to represent Davidson and its owners, the Rowe family, in this transaction," said Tim Tully, President of Tully & Holland. "As a multi-generational, family-owned, food business, Davidson was recognized by C & S for its best-in-class service provided to the largest and most demanding retail grocers in the U.S.," according to Tully.  
About Davidson Specialty Foods
Davidson Specialty Foods is the largest specialty food distributor in New England. The Company is the sole distributor of specialty, ethnic, kosher, and kosher frozen products to Stop & Shop under the Ahold Banner. From its 120,000sq foot, high-tech facility, the Company delivers products door to door across the region.

About C & S Wholesale Grocers
C & S Wholesale Grocers, based in Keene, NH, is the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. and the tenth largest privately held company in the U.S. Founded in 1918 as a supplier to independent grocery stores, C & S now supplies over 6,500 independent supermarkets, chain stores, military bases, and institutions with over 170,000 food and non-food goods.
About Tully & Holland, Inc. 
Tully & Holland www.tullyandholland.com is a leading Boston, MA-based investment bank established in 1992. The firm provides corporate finance and merger & acquisition advisory services to middle market consumer product companies. Tully & Holland has particular expertise representing food & beverage companies, multi-channel marketers, retailers, and consumer product manufacturers and distributors. For further information on the Davidson Specialty Foods transaction or the firm, please contact Tim Tully at (781) 239-2900 x14 or ttully@tullyandholland.com.

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