Ahold Divests Its Dutch Candy Store Chain
y announced it has signed a letter of intent to divest Jamin, its chain of confectionery stores in The Netherlands. The scale of the operation no longer blends with Ahold's core activities, company officials said.
Ahold intends to sell Jamin to EuroDelight, a newly established international group developing confectionery activities in various European countries. Jamin operates 140 small stores in The Netherlands with sales of approximately $41 million (Euro).
Power Bar Introduces New Pria Energy Bar
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Energy bar manufacturer PowerBar Inc. plans to roll out PowerBar Pria later this year.
The new line -- designed to offer people the energy boost they need to get through their action-packed day -- offers a collection of four 110-calorie rice-crisp textured bars coated with rich chocolate or creamy yogurt.
Pria packs a blend of 23 vitamins and minerals, including quality sources of calcium, folic acid, antioxidants and five grams of soy protein, into a smaller 28-gram snack-sized bar. Pria will be available to consumers beginning in November 2001 in four flavors: Chocolate Peanut Crunch, French Vanilla Crisp, Double Chocolate Cookie and Chocolate Honey Graham. It will be sold in grocery and convenience stores, health food, drug and club stores, sports specialty shops, mass merchandise outlets and via the PowerBar Web site, located at www.powerbar.com. Pria's suggested retail price is 99 cents.
Little Debbie Enters Miniature Cookie Market
COLLEGEDALE, Tennessee -- McKee Foods Corp., makers of Little Debbie snack cakes, has entered the miniature cookie market for the first time with the introduction of Little Debbie bite size cookies.
The new items are available in two varieties: Chocsters and Chipsters.
They will be carried by supermarkets, convenience stores, and mass merchandisers through independent distributors across the United States.
Little Debbie bite size Chipsters are loaded with chocolate chips within a sweet cookie base. Each package weighs 1.75 ounces with a suggested retail price of 35 cents.
Little Debbie bite size Chocsters are chocolate sandwich cookies loaded with creamy vanilla filling. Each package also weighs 1.75 ounces with a suggested retail price of 35 cents.
There are more than 50 varieties of Little Debbie multi-pack snack cakes, with suggested retail prices ranging from 99 cents to $2.99 per carton.