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January 3, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., the iconoclastic and socially conscious ice cream maker, said Thursday that a former executive of the company that makes Winchester rifles will become its new chief executive. Perry Odak, 51, who has a quarter of a century's experience with a number of manufacturers of consumer products, will succeed Robert Holland Jr., who resigned in the fall after less than two years as CEO of the South Burlington, Vt.-based company.
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August 8, 2001 | Associated Press
Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen is turning his talents to marketing nontoxic hand soap and laundry detergent. Cohen's new socially conscious Barred Rock venture capital fund and a Philadelphia nonprofit, Capital-to-People/Murex Investments, said they bought Norristown, Pa.-based Sun & Earth Inc. for $800,000. The company, which employs 14 people, makes liquid hand soap, dishwashing liquid, household cleaner and laundry detergent from citrus and coconut oils.
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November 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
Ben & Jerry's, the offbeat Vermont ice cream maker known for its caring capitalism and wacky product names, is fighting the efforts of some of its employees to unionize. In a National Labor Relations Board hearing Tuesday, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. employees sought permission to organize 19 maintenance workers at the company's plant in St. Albans, Vt. Company lawyers argued the union vote should be held among all plant workers, not just the maintenance employees.
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December 2, 2000 | Reuters
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., said he will quit the ice cream company unless its new corporate parent Unilever names a co-chief executive steeped in the company's social mission. Unilever rejected the CEO candidate Cohen and co-founder Jerry Greenfield backed for the top spot at the South Burlington, Vt.-based ice cream maker. Cohen and Greenfield still are employed by the company, but they are not involved in its day-to-day operations.
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February 3, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
First prize was the job as CEO of the hugely successful Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. ice cream company. Second prize was free Ben & Jerry's ice cream for life. Luckily, Taylor James Caldwell won second. He is only 3 years old and some of his marketing ideas are questionable. "Dinosaur flavor!" Taylor exclaimed, showing the gap in his front teeth when asked what flavors he would like Ben & Jerry's to sell. And how do you make dinosaur flavor? "Gummi bears and chocolate!" Taylor answered.
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December 2, 2000 | Reuters
Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., said he will quit the ice cream company unless its new corporate parent Unilever names a co-chief executive steeped in the company's social mission. Unilever rejected the CEO candidate Cohen and co-founder Jerry Greenfield backed for the top spot at the South Burlington, Vt.-based ice cream maker. Cohen and Greenfield still are employed by the company, but they are not involved in its day-to-day operations.
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March 30, 2000 | From Reuters
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., whose clever flavor names and socially responsible business style launched a cult following, could be going private--perhaps without Jerry. The maker of the Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey flavors confirmed Wednesday that it has held talks that could result in the firm going private in a deal involving Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products firm Unilever.
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August 11, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ice Cream Maker to Donate to Garcia Fund: In tribute to rock star Jerry Garcia, Ben & Jerry's will donate 50 cents to a Grateful Dead-affiliated charity for each cup or cone of its Cherry Garcia ice cream sold over the next few days. The North Moreton, Vt.
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July 11, 1990 | Associated Press
Dr. Joe Kramer, who gave up a successful suburban practice 22 years ago and set up shop in the Lower East Side, received 1,000 pints of reduced-fat ice milk from an ice cream company Tuesday for his longtime community service. The company calls the honor Ben & Jerry's 1,000 Pints of Light Award. Kramer immediately invited children from his poverty- and drug-plagued neighborhood to a block party, at which he shared his palatable prize.
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October 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. is recalling 80,000 pints of Peanut Butter Cup ice cream because they may contain nuts other than peanuts. The South Burlington-based company issued a nationwide allergy alert for pints with expiration dates before Oct. 26, 2001. Pints dated after that are labeled as possibly containing the nuts. Only individuals who are allergic to tree nuts risk a reaction from eating the ice cream, company officials said. So far, six consumers have reported allergic reactions.
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November 21, 2000 | Associated Press
A Unilever executive was appointed chief executive at Ben & Jerry's in what may mean an exit for the ice cream company's co-founders. Yves Couette was installed by Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch food conglomerate that bought South Burlington, Vt.-based Ben & Jerry's in August. He replaces Perry Odak.
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October 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. is recalling 80,000 pints of Peanut Butter Cup ice cream because they may contain nuts other than peanuts. The South Burlington-based company issued a nationwide allergy alert for pints with expiration dates before Oct. 26, 2001. Pints dated after that are labeled as possibly containing the nuts. Only individuals who are allergic to tree nuts risk a reaction from eating the ice cream, company officials said. So far, six consumers have reported allergic reactions.
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May 3, 2000 | Reuters
Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant that reached deals to acquire SlimFast Foods Co. and Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. last month, also made an unsolicited $18.41-billion cash bid for Bestfoods, the maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise and Skippy peanut butter disclosed. Bestfoods said in a letter to Unilever executives that after reviewing the proposal, its board rejected the offer as "financially inadequate" and not in the best interests of shareholders.
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April 13, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Unilever wants both Chunky Monkey and the just plain chunky. The food and consumer-products giant confirmed speculation Wednesday and agreed to buy quirky ice-cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. for $326 million. Unilever then added an ironic twist by agreeing to buy the weight-loss company Slim-Fast Foods Co. for $2.3 billion. Ben & Jerry's, based in South Burlington, Vt.
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April 8, 2000 | Associated Press
Shares of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. rose nearly 5% on reports that Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. sweetened its takeover offer for the socially active maker of such upscale ice cream flavors as Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Phish Food. Neither Ben & Jerry's nor Oakland-based Dreyer's would comment on a Wall Street Journal report that Dreyer's had offered to buy Ben & Jerry's for $35 to $38 a share in stock. A few months ago, Dreyer's offered $31 a share.
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March 30, 2000 | From Reuters
Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., whose clever flavor names and socially responsible business style launched a cult following, could be going private--perhaps without Jerry. The maker of the Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey flavors confirmed Wednesday that it has held talks that could result in the firm going private in a deal involving Anglo-Dutch food and consumer products firm Unilever.
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March 21, 1989 | From United Press International
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. said it acquired exclusive distribution rights for Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream products in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York, and also in northern New Jersey. Dreyer's purchased the rights and other assets for $3.1 million in cash plus future consideration based upon sales volume in the next three years.
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April 8, 2000 | Associated Press
Shares of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. rose nearly 5% on reports that Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. sweetened its takeover offer for the socially active maker of such upscale ice cream flavors as Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey and Phish Food. Neither Ben & Jerry's nor Oakland-based Dreyer's would comment on a Wall Street Journal report that Dreyer's had offered to buy Ben & Jerry's for $35 to $38 a share in stock. A few months ago, Dreyer's offered $31 a share.
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February 5, 2000 | Associated Press
A group of "socially conscious" investors is banding together in an effort to save one of its own: the quirky ice cream manufacturer famous for such flavors as Bovinity Divinity and Phish Food. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. confirmed Friday that it may be receiving a buyout offer from a group including "socially conscious businesspeople." But the company said the offer had not been received and declined to comment further.
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December 3, 1999 | Associated Press
Are Ben & Jerry about to sell out? Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., the ice cream company known for its quirky flavors and social activism, said Thursday it has received "indications of interest to acquire the company," at a price substantially above its Wednesday close of $21 a share. Shares of Ben & Jerry's, which have been stock market laggards despite the company's improving profit, soared almost 18% on the news, closing at $24.69, up $3.69 on Nasdaq.
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