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Bankruptcy court approves C&S Wholesale Grocer’s bid for Associated Wholesalers

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

KEENE, N.H. — In a sale order hearing on Wednesday, the bankruptcy court approved C&S Wholesale Grocer’s bid to purchase Associated Wholesalers and its subsidiaries.

AWI, a regional cooperative food distributor based in Robesonia, Pa., operates two distribution centers in Pennsylvania and also provides retail services to its customers and members. Its subsidiaries include White Rose, which operates three distribution centers in New Jersey, and Nell’s Shurfine Markets, which operates four retail stores. The acquisition, expected to be finalized before Thanksgiving, would include substantially all of AWI/White Rose’s assets as well as their 2,200 employees.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Associated Wholesalers’ and White Rose’s strong team and customer base of independent grocers,” stated Rick Cohen, C&S chairman and CEO. “My grandfather founded C&S to supply independent retailers, and while we now proudly service grocers of all sizes, this transaction will give us an even greater capacity to provide the unique services required by independents and regional chains.”

AWI entered into Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sept. 9, with C&S named as the “stalking horse” bidder. Supervalu was also a bidder for AWI. Now that C&S’s winning bid has been approved, the transaction is expected to close on or about Nov. 11.
 

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Report: Consumer queries on whether household disinfectants kill the Ebola virus on the rise

BY Michael Johnsen

 

NEW YORK — Consumers want to know: do disinfectant products like Reckitt Benckiser's Lysol or Clorox protect against the Ebola virus?
 
"Lysol products like Lysol Disinfectant Spray and the other products listed here are approved as hospital-grade disinfectants and though not specifically tested to kill the Ebola virus, based on their ability to kill similar as well as harder to kill viruses, these products are likely to be effective against the Ebola virus," Reckitt Benckiser has posted on Lysol's web page
 
In a similar post, Clorox on its website wrote: "The CDC and other leading health organizations are recommending the use of EPA-registered disinfectants for surface disinfection in hospital settings to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. Household disinfectants such as Clorox Regular-Bleach and Clorox Disinfecting Wipes meet the criteria currently recommended by the CDC for hospitals." 
 
According to a CNNMoney report published Wednesday, both Reckitt Benckiser and Clorox have been buying Google search terms related to Ebola to help drive traffic to those sites. "We have seen an exponential increase in the number of queries we get from consumers," Patty O'Hayer, spokeswoman for Reckitt Benckiser, told CNNMoney. "They want to know if our claim that Lysol kills 99% of all germs applies to Ebola."

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Mike’s gets red-hot with latest beverage

BY Ryan Chavis

CHICAGO — Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. announced its newest seasonal flavor, Mike's Harder Apple Firebomb. The flavored malt beverage is available on store shelves now in a series of limited-edition, consumer-designed collectible cans. 
 
Mike's Harder Apple Firebomb (8% ABV) takes the flavor profile of a crisp apple and pairs it with red-hot cinnamon. The four designs were named and chosen by fans and include Apple Spitfire, Mad Kitty Cocktail, Hot Apple Pi-Ro and Red Hot Apple. One individual can will debut in stores each month through January, though all four collectible designs can be viewed at MikesHarder.com.

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