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September 16, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Beleaguered Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes has agreed to combine operations with a privately owned yogurt manufacturer--a move that will shift control from body-builder Heidi Miller, the chain's founder. Heidi's said Thursday it has signed an agreement in principal to acquire Johnston Foods, a division of Button Industries of Los Alamitos. C. E.
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December 7, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A former suitor of Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes has filed a lawsuit accusing the Laguna Hills chain of fraud and deceit and seeking damages of $5.6 million. The lawsuit by Johnston Foods, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, follows the announcement last month that a planned merger of Heidi's and Johnston Foods had fallen apart. Since then, Heidi's has signed an agreement to be acquired by New York-based Steve's Homemade Ice Cream. That deal is still pending.
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BUSINESS
December 7, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A former suitor of Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes has filed a lawsuit accusing the Laguna Hills chain of fraud and deceit and seeking damages of $5.6 million. The lawsuit by Johnston Foods, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, follows the announcement last month that a planned merger of Heidi's and Johnston Foods had fallen apart. Since then, Heidi's has signed an agreement to be acquired by New York-based Steve's Homemade Ice Cream. That deal is still pending.
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September 16, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Beleaguered Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes has agreed to combine operations with a privately owned yogurt manufacturer--a move that will shift control from body-builder Heidi Miller, the chain's founder. Heidi's said Thursday it has signed an agreement in principal to acquire Johnston Foods, a division of Button Industries of Los Alamitos. C. E.
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December 10, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE
An attorney for Heidi's Frogen Yozurt denied that the Laguna Hills-based company tried to bilk its former suitor, Johnston Foods, out of $150,000 and said a lawsuit seeking the money has "no basis whatsoever." Johnston Foods filed the suit in Orange County Superior Court this week to recover $150,000 the company loaned to Heidi's in September. It alleges that Heidi's promised to buy Johnston's yogurt as a deliberate "scam and fraud" to extract the $150,000 loan.
BUSINESS
December 7, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
A former suitor of Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes has filed a lawsuit accusing the Laguna Hills chain of fraud and deceit and seeking damages of $5.6 million. The lawsuit by Johnston Foods, filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court, follows the announcement last month that a planned merger of Heidi's and Johnston Foods had fallen apart. Since then, Heidi's has signed an agreement to be acquired by New York-based Steve's Homemade Ice Cream. That deal is still pending.
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September 21, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Problems with disgruntled franchisees apparently are not over for Heidi's Frogen Yozurt, despite last week's announcement of a planned merger with Johnston Foods. Interviews this week with dissatisfied franchise operators reveal that although virtually all are pleased that the chain plans to bring in new management, some are still calling for the ouster of Heidi Miller, who founded the Laguna Hills-based company.
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October 4, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Meetings last weekend between the new majority owner of Heidi's Frogen Yozurt and the chain's franchisees apparently eased management problems that had drawn complaints from store owners. C.E. Prichard, whose Johnston Foods of Los Alamitos is acquiring 45% of Heidi's, met with franchisees at separate sessions in Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego, several principals said.
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February 2, 1989 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Several employees of embattled Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes said Wednesday that they are engaging in an indefinite sickout because they have been paid only sporadically since early November. All but two or three of the approximately 10 staffers at Heidi's headquarters in Laguna Hills called in sick Wednesday and will continue to do so until they are paid, several workers who requested anonymity said. Shortly before noon, the only people in the office were Heidi A.
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July 13, 1989 | TED JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
A truck driver who apparently fell asleep hit a car stalled in the slow lane of the San Gabriel River Freeway in Los Alamitos, then tumbled down an embankment into a creek bed, spilling 30 gallons of diesel fuel and 44,000 pounds of yogurt Wednesday, authorities said. Christopher Allen Cox, 25, of Foresthill, Calif., who was driving the semi rig from Sacramento for Johnston Foods, suffered moderate injuries in the accident, according to the California Highway Patrol.
BUSINESS
November 7, 1988
No, lactobacillus bulgaricus is not the name of a famous Roman gladiator. It is one of the two live active cultures--the other being the equally tongue-twisting Streptococcus thermophilus-- that helps ferment pasteurized milk into yogurt. The National Yogurt Assn., a trade group of yogurt makers and retailers, says these cultures can help treat digestive tract infection and may stimulate the body's immune system.
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November 23, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Steve's Homemade Ice Cream, a fast-growing New York firm, plans to take its first dip into the yogurt business by acquiring Heidi's Frogen Yozurt Shoppes of Laguna Hills. A preliminary agreement announced Tuesday would add about 100 Heidi's yogurt shops to Steve's expanding empire of more than 400 mostly franchised ice-cream parlors--including the Swensen's Ice Cream chain. The acquisition will introduce Steve's to the takeout, frozen yogurt industry, which generated about $56 million last year.
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