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ConAgra to acquire National Pretzel

BY Allison Cerra

OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods is acquiring a private-label pretzel maker, the company announced.

ConAgra said its acquisition of Lancaster, Pa.-based National Pretzel includes three bakeries located in Lancaster, Pa., Hanover, Pa., and Visalia, Calif. Additionally, more than 700 National Pretzel employees are expected to join ConAgra when the transaction closes, ConAgra noted.

The acquisition is expected to close within 30 days. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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GMA pledges $1 million to creation of Global Food Safety Fund

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — The Grocery Manufacturers Association has pledged $1 million to the creation of the world’s first Global Food Safety Fund, an innovative public-private partnership that will be managed by World Bank, an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.

GMA’s pledge was announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Honolulu. The fund will address such food safety goals as developing, testing and validating pilot programs in APEC that will result in reproducible training modules, which can be customized for roll out to developing countries all around the world; addressing high priority food hazards; and strengthening analytics and metrics — much needed for consistent, reliable and scaleable testing, designing, and evaluation of the performance of food safety systems.

"GMA was honored to be a founding member of a unique partnership in APEC that inspired the concept of the fund’s creation. In APEC we brought together food safety regulators, multilateral institutions like the World Bank, academia and industry — stakeholders all focused on a common mission of improving food safety," GMA CEO Pamela Bailey said. "The proposed fund will leverage APEC’s unique food safety training programs together with World Bank international reach to help improve the safety of the global food supply — in APEC economies and beyond."

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Krispy Kreme brings chocolate-flavored treats to retail

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme has brought two new sweet treats to retail.

Krispy Kreme said its new glazed chocolate pie and chocolate dipped cake doughnuts join the brand’s current lineup of doughnuts, honeybuns, mini-crullers, fruit pies and other snack-sized treats that are sold nationwide.

"Krispy Kreme packaged sweet treats are a popular choice when it comes to sharing with friends, family and co-workers," Krispy Kreme senior director of U.S. marketing activation Mark LaBrecque said. "We are committed to adding new and exciting treats to our packaged product line, and to growing our partnerships with convenience stores, grocery stores and mass merchants so that more fans throughout the country can share the joy that is Krispy Kreme."

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