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Latina acquires Maple Leaf Foods

Latina Boulevard Foods has swallowed up Maple Leaf Foods.

The two food distributors completed an asset purchase agreement last month. Latina is in the process of transferring Maple Leaf's operations and employees to its expanded facility on Scrivner Drive in Cheektowaga. That site is poised for a major expansion, with an $11 million project proposed that will more than double the facility's size. It will add five employees after the expansion, bringing the total number of workers to 177.

Maple Leaf Foods, a wholesale distributor of food and supplies, was located on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga.

Latina Boulevard Foods was formed in 2010 from the merger of Latina Foods Inc. and Boulevard Produce Inc. Latina dates back to 1954, when it was founded by Anthony Sciolino as an Italian import store on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. Later, under Charles Marazzo Sr., the business grew to include wholesale food distribution.

Today, Latina Boulevard Foods is led by Marazzo's son, who directs the Latina side, and Glenn Dombrowski, who directs the Boulevard division. Both are co-presidents.

Latina includes a federally inspected meat-processing facility for fresh-cut meat and poultry, as well as a variety of dry goods, paper products, culinary equipment and frozen items. The Boulevard division offers fresh produce. Both have trucks, tractor-trailers and vans for delivery throughout Western New York.



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