Supplying American restaurants with food is the primary service of this company. Services Group of America (SGA) is one of the leading foodservice suppliers in the country. Subsidiary Food Services of America distributes a wide range of food and nonfood items to foodservice operators in 15 mostly western states through nine distribution facilities. It also has specialist subsidiaries such as Amerifresh (fresh produce), Ameristar Meats, and Systems Services of America (chain restaurants). In addition, SGA offers event planning services through Event Services of America, while its Development Services of America manages the company's commercial real estate. SGA was formed in 1989 by the late Thomas Stewart.
The company was struck a blow in early 2010 when CEO Stewart, along with his wife, daughter, and two other people, was killed in a helicopter crash. A native of Seattle, Stewart built the company from a family-owned cargo handling business called Stevedoring Services of America into a conglomerate services business through a series of acquisitions. Operations related to foodservices were later spun off as SGA. Following Stewart's death, president Peter Smith added the title of chief executive. Stewart's son, Slade, also joined the board as a director.
In the year before the accident the company won a $1 million contract from the US Army to provide raw subsistence for the Oregon Army National Guard. Also, to better serve its roughly 30,000 Food Services of America customers, SGA tapped marketing services firm mUrgent to handle website design, online ordering, and e-mail marketing. – less
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