Thomasville-based Flowers Foods Buying Tasty Baking for $34.4M

By: AP
By: AP

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) --

Flowers Foods Inc. is buying Tasty Baking Co., maker of Tastykakes, for about $34.4 million in cash.

Flowers, a packaged bakery foods maker whose brands include
Nature's Own and Whitewheat, said Monday that the deal will expand
its geographic reach, bring in new customers and broaden its snack
product line.

Tasty, based in Philadelphia, will become part of Flowers'
direct-store-delivery business once the acquisition closes. Tasty
said in January it was considering a merger or even a sale.

Thomasville, Ga.-based Flowers is paying $4 a share for Tasty
Baking's 8.6 million shares outstanding. Its shares closed at $1.61
a share on Friday. Including assumed debt, the companies say the
deal is worth $165 million.

Both companies' boards have unanimously approved the deal. The
acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter.


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