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Lance Inc. Acquires Brent & Sam's Inc.

Lance Inc. has acquired privately held Brent & Sam's Inc., a producer of branded and private label premium gourmet cookies. Terms of the cash purchase were not disclosed. The purchase was funded with a draw under Lance's existing credit facility.

Brent & Sam's, founded in 1985 and located in North Little Rock, Ark., produces a wide variety of gourmet style cookies sold under the Brent & Sam's brand as well as under private label brands.

"Adding an established line of high-quality premium cookies to our product offering will help broaden and diversify our product portfolio, capitalize on the growth in premium private label products and make us a more valuable partner to our customers," said David V. Singer, president and CEO of Lance. "The Brent & Sam's team has built a reputation for delivering great tasting, innovative premium products for its customers, and we look forward to continuing their trend of innovation, customer service, growth and profitability."

Brent Bumpers, chief executive officer of Brent and Sam's commented, "I am excited that Brent & Sam's strong heritage and product capabilities will be enhanced by Lance's significant distribution network, and I am confident that this combination will take the Brent & Sam's business to new heights."

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