By acquiring Vesuvio Foods Inc. Edison, N.J., U.S. Foodservice officials say their company should provide broadline customers a larger selection of Italian specialty foods.

Officials with U.S. Foodservice, Rosemont, Ill., announced the acquisition July 22 in a news release. Chuck Gannon, division president for U.S. Foodservice-Metro New York, said in the release that the move will benefit customers of both firms by making each company’s full line of products available through one vendor.

Vesuvio Foods currently distributes about 3,500 products from 400 suppliers, including fresh peeled garlic from Christopher Ranch in Gilroy, Calif. The ranch grows a variety of garlic, including heirloom varieties from seeds that originated in Italy 50 years ago, according to president Bill Christopher.

Vesuvio president Anthony Vasaturo and his staff will join the U.S. Foodservice organization, according to the news release. Other terms of the transaction were not released.