(July 27) Another company has been swallowed up by a major foodservice distributor.

But in this case, a bit of U.S. history is involved.

Broadline foodservice-distribution giant Sysco Corp. is adding the foodservice property of Springfield, Ill.-based Bunn Capitol to its network.

Houston-based Sysco, North America’s largest broadline distributor, with $31.4 billion in yearly sales, said July 18 it was purchasing Bunn’s foodservice business for an undisclosed sum.

For Bunn, a company founded in 1840 as a family-owned grocery store, the sale wraps up the company’s involvement with fresh produce. The company distributes more than 8,000 fresh, frozen and packaged goods to foodservice clients in Illinois.

Bob Bunn, Bunn Capitol’s president, declined a request for an interview July 27.

The sale does not affect the Bunn family’s Bunn-O-Matic Corp., a Springfield-based manufacturer of coffee and beverage makers.

Three days later, Sysco announced it had paid $19.7 million for a 169,960-square-foot warehouse and an adjacent 4 acres of land at the new Pompano Business Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.

The facility will be used for storage and product distribution, Sysco said.

Sysco shares dropped to their 52-week low of $28.36 on July 26 on the New York Stock Exchange, continuing a downward trend that had begun about 10 days earlier, when they closed at $30.09. The stock’s yearly high was $36.37, July 29, 2005.