Our Story

Keeping America Working

We are built on southern hospitality offering refreshment solutions and service to the companies across the Southeast.

Founded in Chattanooga in 1993, Five Star Food Service has grown into one of the largest on-site food and beverage solution providers to employers and other commercial, institutional, and educational locations in the United States. In 2008, the company restructured and became a franchise of Canteen Vending, creating the framework of our contiguous footprint across the Southeast, including Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Mississippi.

  • Eight people from Feeding The Future Accepting a check from C.J. Recher from Five Star Food Service
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  • winner shaking hands
  • Muscle Shoals Ribbon Cutting
  • Five Star Food Service Employees volunteering
  • five star delivery drivers
  • golf flag
  • micro market promotion winner
  • warehouse picker

Five Star operates in major cities such as Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Huntsville along with their metro areas. Through a series of strategic acquisitions, Five Star has since expanded our service area significantly. In 2011, a focus on innovation and the emergence of the micro market concept proved to be a game-changer for Five Star and soon revolutionized the vending industry. Early adoption of micro markets positioned Five Star as industry leaders. As a result, Five Star has spurred unprecedented growth.


We pride ourselves on providing full service vending, micro market, office coffee and food service. Our business philosophy is anchored in the traditional principles of integrity, quality, and customer focus.


“We proudly offer custom-tailored solutions to our clients.”

Our Mission

Behave with Unsurpassed Integrity
Be the Premier Regional Service Provider
Be Effective Communicators
Be the Employer of Choice
Be a Respected Community Citizen


Our leadership team is comprised of individuals whose combined experience in the vending, micro-market, office coffee and food service industry has helped create a business culture we could not be more proud of – based on the principles of customer service, quality and integrity.

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Community Involvement is an established corporate objective. Five Star and associates have donated time and money to multiple organizations throughout our territory through the decade.

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Membership and involvement in our industry and community trade organizations is important to us! Advocating for and sharing best practices with our peers makes us all better!

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