CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2002 |
Bill Harmsen, 89, who with his wife started the Jolly Rancher Candy Co., died of prostate cancer Wednesday in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Jolly Ranchers, the hard candies in flavors such as cinnamon and watermelon that are sold around the world, were created by Harmsen and his wife, Dorothy, on the family farm in Golden, Colo. Harmsen was a retired Continental Airlines pilot when he opened an ice cream shop in Golden in 1949 and concocted the candy to keep money coming in during the winter months.
August 6, 2002 |
Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream Inc. and Nestle received a second request for information from U.S. antitrust regulators regarding the Swiss food maker's plan to gain control of Oakland-based Dreyer's, the nation's largest ice cream producer. Nestle, which already owns 23% of Dreyer's, said the request from the Federal Trade Commission was "normal and expected." The companies said they aim to complete the transaction by the end of the year.
September 18, 2002 |
Board members of the charitable trust that controls Hershey Foods Corp. said late Tuesday that they would not sell the nation's largest candy maker after rejecting all offers. "The trust board has rejected all the bids that it received. It is asking the company to end the process of exploring the sale," Hershey Trust Co. spokesman Rick Kelly said.
December 16, 1998 |
Hershey Foods Corp. said it sold its dry pasta business to closely held New World Pasta for $450 million in cash, enabling it to concentrate on its candy operations. The Hershey, Pa.-based company, maker of Hershey's Kisses and chocolate bars and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, will retain a stake of less than 10% in the unit that makes such pasta brands as Ronzoni and San Giorgio. The sale, expected to close at the end of January, ends Hershey's 32-year presence in the U.S.
May 9, 2002 |
Claiming that chocolate contains enough toxic metals such as lead to pose a health risk, especially for children, a California watchdog group Wednesday launched a lawsuit against major chocolate makers for failing to warn consumers of the alleged danger. The American Environmental Safety Institute said it is suing chocolate makers, including Hershey Foods Corp. and Mars Inc.
November 16, 2004 |
The world's dominant chewing-gum maker is about to get sweeter. Looking to extend more of its marketing might from gum to candy, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. announced Monday that it had agreed to buy Life Savers and Altoids from Kraft Foods Inc. in a $1.48-billion cash deal that refocused Kraft's attention on its trademark supermarket products. The agreement also includes the Creme Savers brand, as well as Trolli gummy candies, Sugus candies and other local and regional brands in the U.S.
January 26, 2004 |
Here are some of the key upcoming business and economic events. Monday * National Assn. of Realtors reports on existing-home sales for December. * Treasury bill auction. * Congressional Budget Office releases 10-year budget forecast. * Among those reporting quarterly results: American Express Co., Hilton Hotels Corp., Kimberly Clark Corp., McDonald's Corp., Schering-Plough Corp., Texas Instruments Inc. and Tyson Foods Inc..
December 17, 2004 |
Irvine-based Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. was gobbled up Thursday by Hershey Foods Corp., which paid $130 million to purchase the world's leading seller of the exotic nut from buyout firm Shansby Group. San Francisco-based Shansby, which bought Mauna Loa for $40 million in September 2000, increased sales by an average of 30% a year since taking over the company, said partner Chuck Esserman. In the fiscal year ended June 30, Mauna Loa's sales reached $80 million.
February 17, 1994 |
New Jersey businessman Arnold Hansen-Sturm was sentenced to 18 months in prison Feb. 11, and fined $4,175 plus the costs of his imprisonment, for conspiring to buy and sell illicit caviar. His company, Hansen Caviar Co., was fined an additional $10,625. Washington law limits the amount of caviar that may be taken from the state's sturgeon, but Hansen Caviar bought an amount equalling the entire legal take (and worth about $2.