Lipari Foods, a Warren, Mich.-based specialty food distributor, acquired St. Louis-based Swiss-American Inc., a specialty cheese solutions provider, focused on retail deli. This opportunity will further enhance its manufacturing division’s capabilities through its subsidiary The Deli Source, with a specific focus on expanding cheese offerings. 

Founded in 1938 in St. Louis, the Swiss-American team services 40-plus customers and has approximately 85 total employees. Swiss-American globally sources over 1,200 items from over 22 countries and 20 U.S. states. 

“We are excited to welcome Swiss-American into our family as we further enhance our cheese program offerings," said Thom Lipari, CEO of Lipari Foods. "We are committed to providing great products and service to our collective customers. Swiss-American is a trusted leader in the cheese industry, and we are excited to add their expertise into The Deli Source operation while adding the Lipari DSD expertise to the Swiss-American operation, providing greater opportunities for all of our customers.” 

Joe Hoff of Swiss-American, Inc., added: “In Lipari we found a partner we could trust with the company’s legacy of exceptional customer service and quality products provided by the outstanding people at Swiss-American. Together, our companies can realize significant synergies and growth that will ultimately lead to great value and exceptional service for our combined customers.” 

Joe Hoff will continue to serve as the leader for Swiss-American Inc.