Hershey to acquire Brookside Foods
HERSHEY, Pa. — Hershey has set its sights on a privately held confectionery company based in Canada.
The chocolate giant said that it has reached an agreement to acquire Brookside Foods, which is based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, which primarily sells its product line in the United States and Canada. Brookside’s annual net sales are approximately $85 million Canadian dollars, the companies said.
“The acquisition of Brookside is an opportunity for Hershey to expand our portfolio in this category,” Hershey president and CEO John Bilbrey said. “Brookside pairs dark chocolate with exotic fruit-juice centers, such as goji, acai, blueberry and pomegranate, to create great-tasting treats, while delivering the benefits of flavanols and antioxidants. We look forward to building Brookside by leveraging Hershey’s scale at retail.”
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ConAgra unveils newest Egg Beaters flavor
OMAHA, Neb. — ConAgra Foods’ Egg Beaters brand has announced the launch of a new flavor: Egg Beaters Florentine, a blend of spinach, tomato, onion, mozzarella cheese and Italian herbs.
Egg Beaters Florentine is the newest flavor in the line of flavored Egg Beaters, and like all Egg Beaters varieties is made of real, all-natural egg whites, according to the company. One serving of Egg Beaters Florentine contains 4 g of protein, less than 5 mg of cholesterol, less than 0.5 g of fat and only 30 calories, ConAgra stated.
"Consumers enjoy new variations of everyday foods, and current trends show Italian flavors are becoming more popular at breakfast," said Jill Dexter, Egg Beaters brand manager for ConAgra Foods. "For those who want to experience rustic Italian taste for fewer calories than an Italian breakfast made of real eggs, Egg Beaters Florentine provides a healthy and convenient solution in just one easy pour."
Egg Beaters Florentine will be available in a 15-oz. resealable pour-spout container nationwide as of mid-December for a suggested retail price of $2.99 per 15-oz. carton.
As an animal lover, I sure hope they're making these egg beaters with cage-free eggs!
Report: Unions sue to stop Wash. liquor privatization
NEW YORK — The state government of Washington is set to bow out of the liquor business on June 1 thanks to a ballot initiative that passed last month, but two labor unions are hoping to stop it, according to published reports.
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that unions representing nearly 1,000 workers who would lose their jobs due to the initiative had sued in King County Superior Court for an injunction against the initiative. Initiative 1183 called for the privatization of wholesale and retail sales of liquor, which are currently limited to a state-owned wholesaler, state-owned liquor stores and several privately owned liquor stores under contract with the state government.
The unions — the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 and the Teamsters Local 174 — said the initiative violated Article II, Section 19 of the Washington Constitution, which states that a bill or initiative can only embrace one issue. The Times reported that the unions were using a common and sometimes successful legal tactic.
I-1183 received most of its backing from Issaquah, Wash.-based Costco Wholesale, which footed $22.5 million of the $22.7 million total, making it the largest single donor to a state initiative in Washington’s history. Following implementation, any retailer with at least 10,000 sq. ft. of retail space will be allowed to sell liquor. Washington is one of 19 "control states" — states in which the government directly controls wholesaling or retailing of certain alcoholic beverages, especially liquor — and one of nine control states in which the government controls both. Assuming I-1183 is implemented on June 1, Washington will become a "license state."
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