LAKELAND, Fla. -- Publix has purchased a modern pie-production plant in Atlanta to supply the company's in-store bakeries with a wide assortment of dessert pies. The acquisition coincides with the chain's expansion north and west of its mid-Florida stronghold. The retailer purchased the 115,000-square-foot plant and equipment from Country Home Bakers, a Shelton, Conn.-based manufacturer of frozen pies, cakes and cookies. Country Home Bakers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection ...

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