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Kronos acquires Pita King bread manufacturer

BY Allison Cerra

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill. — Kronos is expanding its bread products line with its acquisition of Pita King’s commercial baking assets.

The acquisition marks Kronos’ foray into flatbread production. The company, which currently markets such items as Mediterranean Chef gyro family meal kit and Kronos Fillo Classics, now will market Pita King’s authentic Middle Eastern pocket breads in a variety of sizes and formulations, including white and whole wheat.

"As one of the nation’s largest Mediterranean food companies, we are continually expanding our product line with innovative, great-tasting products that are responsive to the needs of our customers," Kronos CEO Mike Austin said. "We believe Pita King’s specialty breads will be very attractive to our chain, specialty, grocery and independent restaurant accounts."

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2 Chicks with Chocolate makes Midwest debut

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — A chocolatier has brought its gourmet chocolates to the Midwest.

2 Chicks with Chocolate, which makes such chocolate products as toffee and bark bars, spicy tiles, popcorn and more, will present some of its products next week at the Chicago Sweets and Snacks Expo. The brand recently added its tempranillo ganache and meritage caramel confections to its wine collection line.

"We’re proud to have a 100% handmade product exemplifying superior gourmet chocolate, containing only the best and freshest high-quality natural ingredients at a great value," founder Elyissia Wassung said. "We take the time to find and refine flavors that will define our brand and leave the 2 Chicks name and flavor culminating on the tip of your tongue."

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Steve’s Ice Cream finds delicious home with Taza Chocolate

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Steve’s Ice Cream is taking its flavors to a new level.

The brand, which originated in Sommerville, Mass., has made its way back home and has partnered with Taza Chocolate, an artisan stone-ground chocolate maker, to create some decadent pairings, including ice cream flavors and hot fudge, all made with Taza’s chocolate.

The ice cream brand discussed its "return home" and new parternship on its blog, which can be read here.

Steve’s Ice Cream can be purchased at its namesake stores in New York and at such retailers as Whole Foods Markets.

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