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Land O’Lakes to acquire Kozy Shack

BY Allison Cerra

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — Land O’Lakes announced it has agreed to acquire Kozy Shack.

Kozy Shack, based in New York and founded by Vincent Gruppuso more than 40 years ago, is a "strong strategic fit" for Land O’Lakes and "opens the door for Land O’Lakes to achieve future growth in the attractive dairy dessert category," Land O’Lakes president and CEO Chris Policinski said.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close on July 31.

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Pacific Natural Foods’ Soup Starters line expands

BY Allison Cerra

TUALATIN, Ore. — Pacific Natural Foods has boosted its Soup Starters collection.

The lineup now includes Thai Tom Yum, a spicy and sour soup made with such authentic spices as galangal and lemongrass; and Tortilla, which leads with a tomato base, seasoned with green peppers, onions, a hint of lime and traditional spices including chili powder, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper and coriander.

"People want to recreate the restaurant experience at home, but few have hard-to-find ingredients like lemongrass or galangal on hand, much less the time to let a broth simmer for hours," Pacific Natural Foods VP marketing Kevin Tisdale said. "With Pacific’s Soup Starters, we’ve done the hard work for you. Warm up the base, add in your fresh ingredients and dinner is on the table in less than 30 minutes."

Tortilla and Tom Yum Soup Starters hit store shelves this summer, with a suggested retail price of $3.49 to $3.69 for a 32-fl.-oz. carton.

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LifeProof launches LifeJacket case for iPhones

BY Allison Cerra

ORLANDO, Fla. — LifeProof has introduced a new protective, waterproof case for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S.

The LifeProof LifeJacket, made from high-density foam that is shock, tear and stain resistant, is designed for anyone that uses their iPhone in the water or is looking for increased drop protection, the company said. The buoyant, lightweight case comes in a day-glow orange color to ensure visibility in dense brush or water. What’s more, all buttons and features of iPhone are accessible while in the LifeJacket, including speaker and microphone and features a quick-release lanyard and wrist strap can be attached to eyelets on each corner.

"LifeProof encourages people to live life — to swim, surf, ski, hike, bike or play with the kids, all while staying connected. Boaters, fisherman and swimmers have been clamoring for a way to keep their iPhone close in the water to use apps and stay in touch," LifeProof CEO Gary Rayner said. "The LifeJacket not only floats, but it will protect your iPhone from bump and impacts while rock climbing or accidental drops from great heights."

The LifeProof LifeJacket carries a suggested retail price of $39.99.

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