LOS ANGELES -- Continuing their growth pattern in the specialty-bread market, Sara Lee Fresh here has acquired Seattle-based A La Francaise, an independent bakery focused on specialty and artisan breads. A La Francaise founder Joan Johnson said she was surprised when Sara Lee approached her about the acquisition. "I wondered what such a large company would want with a small operation like mine," she said. "But I was looking to expand and they were looking to become more involved in the ...

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