THIBODAUX, La. – Rouses Markets announced Hayward, Calif.-based Columbus Foods as its new deli-meat supplier.

Columbus Foods' sliced-to-order deli meats will be sold exclusively at Rouses Markets. The company is a processor of premium salame and deli meats. Columbus opened a new $31 million slicing and packaging facility in July 2011, after a fire destroyed the original South San Francisco slicing plant in July 2009. The company is owned, in part, by Endeavour Capital.

"Our customers live to eat," said Donny Rouse, managing partner the family owned company. "Columbus turkey, ham, chicken and roast beef are the best-tasting, most-flavorful deli meats we've ever tried. This line deserves to be in our deli case next to our great local brands like Chisesi and Manda, and our own Rouses line of premium deli meats."

Rouses Markets is one of the largest independent grocers in the United States, according to the company. The company has 38 locations in two states and employs more than 5,400 workers.