WEST SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Tony's Fine Foods has acquired Hayward, Calif.-based Columbus Distributing Inc., the perishable foods distribution division of Columbus Foods.

"The sale of our distributing company allows Columbus to focus solely on our deli and cured meats manufacturing business and allocate valuable resources to fund growth and innovation," said Ralph Denisco, chief executive officer of Columbus Foods. "After Tony's exits the Hayward Distribution facility, we will evaluate renovating the facility to create one of the country's leading deli and cured meat slicing operations, as much of our growth has been in pre-sliced, pre-packaged meats.

'We are also very excited about the opportunities that Tony's Fine Foods will provide our brands as they are distributed throughout Northern California."