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Snyder’s-Lance expands distribution network with Greer acquisition

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Snyder’s-Lance announced it has acquired a snack food distributor serving the Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire markets.

The company said it has acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of George Greer Co. Greer distributes Synder’s-Lance’s Cape Cod, Lance, Archway and Stella D’oro brands, as well as other leading brands and private-label products.

"We’re excited to expand our direct store delivery distribution system in New England with the addition of Greer," said Ed Good, president of S-L Distribution, a subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance. "Leveraging the strengths of Greer is a great way for us to extend the reach of our DSD network, expand service for our customers and enhance the long-term opportunities for our independent operators in the region."

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Jack Link’s turns up heat

BY Allison Cerra

MINONG, Wis. — Jack Link’s is combining its beef jerky with hot sauce brand Cholula.

New Jack Link’s Cholula hot sauce beef jerky delivers a blend of beef jerky with flavor and heat, the company said. The new product is available in a 3.25-oz. resealable package and carries a suggested retail price of $5.99.

"The combination of these premium brands and iconic flavors resonate well with our consumers and are a natural fit in quality and reputation," Jack Link’s Beef Jerky brand manager – innovation Kevin Papacek said. "Jack Link’s new Cholula hot sauce beef jerky provides consumers with convenience, satiety, protein and guilt-free snacking, all wrapped up in the flavor and heat of Cholula’s hot sauce."

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Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta helps customers ‘mangia’ in less time

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Ronzoni is expanding its line of pasta with a new mealtime option designed for busy families.

New Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta, available in elbow, penne rigate and rotini varieties, cooks in just three minutes. New World Pasta, the maker of Ronzoni products, said the new line "offers families the wholesome home cooked meal they’re looking for and eliminates the need to reach for a take-out menu."

Ronzoni Quick Cook pasta can be purchased at supermarkets and Walmart stores nationwide for a suggested retail price range of $1.35 to $1.80 per 16-oz. box.

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