Dianne's Fine Desserts, a Newburyport, MA-based provider of gourmet frozen thaw-and-serve desserts for the foodservice industry, has acquired retail desserts creator Daystar Desserts, Ashland, VA. The acquisition will provide a full complement of products, services, technology, innovation and distribution for the company’s customers.

“Daystar Desserts has an established reputation for culinary excellence, strong market insight and rapid execution of emerging trends,” says Mike Knowles, CEO of Dianne's Fine Desserts. “This exciting partnership will leverage Daystar's retail products and production capabilities as we expand our frozen and in-store bakery distribution and gourmet offerings."

Daystar Desserts is the creator of the World's Best Cheesecake as well as various private-label, in-store bakery desserts. Founded 17 years ago by culinary chef John Fernandez in his mother's kitchen, daily production for Daystar Desserts has grown from 15 to 15,000 cakes a day. The company, which operates under kosher supervision, has an Safe Quality Food Level 2 rating and has won numerous awards and recognition, including the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique de New York.

“Our partnership with Dianne's Fine Desserts is a synergistic win," says Fernandez, "enabling us to grow and expand our business platforms with each company contributing our unique expertise and product insights for the benefit of our customers."

Daystar Desserts will operate as a division of Dianne's Fine Desserts.