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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hot out of the oven

Posted By on Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Here's some business news to which I feel a little kinship, having just recently toured the production line of this home-grown enterprise and sampled more than a few of the more-varied-than-I-knew production:

Lance, the snack food company based in Charlotte, N.C., has purchased Brent and Sam's Cookies in North Little Rock. Terms weren't disclosed when the deal was announced Friday.

For the time being, the Brent and Sam's baking plant will continue to operate, rather than having production folded into Lance's existing plants. Brent Bumpers, the company's CEO and one of the founders, will stay on for a limited period of time to assist the transition. The purchase will put the gourmet cookies -- sold under the company name and made on contract for a number of major retailers -- into a large distribution network, which should increase sales of the brand over time for Lance.

Though Bumpers was talking excitedly about potential new markets when we visited, I'd guess the Lance offer was in the category of a deal impossible to refuse. He earned it. He put 22 years into the company, the last nine full-time.




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