SOURCE: Europa Sports Products

Europa Sports Products

SOURCE: Lone Star Distribution

Lone Star Distribution

February 25, 2016 14:09 ET

Europa Sports Products and Lone Star Distribution Merge to Create the World's Best Distributor of Sports and Health Nutrition

Merger Brings Together Two Great Companies With Compatible Strengths and Services

CHARLOTTE, NC and DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - February 25, 2016) - Europa Sports Products and Lone Star Distribution announced that they have merged to create the prominent distributor of sports and health nutrition. With complimentary cultures and a mutual dedication to premier service, the company now has an unmatched ability to deliver retailers everywhere a one-stop-shopping experience with access to many of the sports nutrition industries' finest brands. For details about the merger, visit http://www.onegoalonemission.com/.

The combined company will be headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, with combined offices and distribution centers strategically located across the nation. This merger generates multiple benefits for retailers and vendors, including a superior distribution network, increased operating efficiencies, a specialized national sales team, greater market exposure, and an expanded customer base. Not to mention, opportunities for many associates from both companies.

"This is a game-changer for our industry and reflects the culmination of a vision we've had to become the world's best distributor of sports and health nutrition," said Eric Hillman, Co-Chief Executive Officer. "This is a powerful accelerator in Europa's transformation and through this merger we are blending the best that each company has to offer. This truly allows us to become the best partner possible for our customers and vendors."

The combination of two highly complementary national distribution leaders creates an extraordinary opportunity to scale up services, apply innovation, and deliver more brands and products to more customers worldwide.

"This is a leap forward for our vendors, our customers, and our employees," said Jeff Compton, Co-Chief Executive Officer. "Of course, we are also thrilled to have such a depth of integrated leadership in Robbie Duncan, a 24-year veteran of Europa and now the Chief Operating Officer; Chris Chotard from Lone Star will remain Chief Financial Officer; and three standout National Sales Directors, Shawn Moe (Lone Star), Justin Weeks (Europa), and Rick Hurd (Europa)."

The remainder of the leadership team will include the following executives from Europa Sports: Marcus Hermens, Chief Marketing Officer; Winston Edmiston, Chief Information Officer; and Kim Couthen, Director of Human Resources.

Chris Chotard, Chief Financial Officer of Lone Star, added, "This merger creates a unified, strong organization that is dedicated to bringing a better experience to more customers across the country. Our combined geographic footprint, vast range of brands and products, and service-oriented staff will enable us to meet evolving customer preferences. By bringing together two world-class organizations with talented teams, we are creating a considerable platform for growth, and are excited about the opportunities this merger presents."

 "With the tremendous amount of brand equity these two great companies have fostered over the past decades, the company will continue to operate under both brands through the merge and become one team," says Chief Marketing Officer, Marcus Hermens. "We plan to introduce a new brand and identity that will showcase the strength and service the industry has come to expect from both brands later this year. Right now our focus is providing our customers and vendors with uninterrupted service with an identity that the industry recognizes and trusts."

In the meantime, the company has created a merger support website at www.onegoalonemission.com, in an effort to be as transparent and supportive as possible in the exciting move toward becoming "One Team."

About Europa Sports Products
Based in Charlotte, NC, Europa Sports Products is recognized as an industry leader in the distribution of nutritional and sports supplements, sports drinks and accessories to mass market retailers, gyms, health food stores and specialty supplement retailers. Europa offers more than 7,000 products representing 300+ of the industry's leading brands. With 336,500 sq. ft. of warehouse space in seven strategically located offices nationwide, Europa's expedited delivery process allows customers to keep "Just in Time" inventory. Europa is setting the industry standard in quality, product assortment, customer service and satisfaction. For more information visit www.europasports.com

About Lone Star Distribution
Lone Star Distribution was established in 1998 by John Hoffmann. With corporate headquarters established in Dallas, Texas, the company has grown steadily opening seven offices, (including six warehouses), to supply health clubs, nutrition stores, mass retailers, ecommerce and specialty retailers coast-to-coast. In 2014 and 2015, Lone Star Distribution was ranked on Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 list as America's Fastest Growing Sports Nutrition Distributor. The company represents 170 top-selling and new emerging sports nutrition brands. For more information visit www.LoneStarDistribution.com

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