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Expansions and Acquisitions: Ferrero and more

Confectionery giant set to make major purchase

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Italian confectionery group Ferrero International S.A. has announced a definitive agreement to acquire all the outstanding equity of Fannie May Confections Brands, Inc., including its subsidiaries Fannie May Confections, Inc. and Harry London Candies, Inc., from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. for $115.0 million in cash, adjusted for seasonal working capital. Ferrero also is entering into a strategic commercial partnership agreement that will give 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. the distribution rights for Fannie May, Harry London and specified Ferrero confectionery products in its ecommerce channels and in gift baskets and towers sold into its US food, drug and mass channels. Fannie May will operate as a standalone entity and brand within the Ferrero Group. The transaction is expected to close by the end of May.

Founded in 1946, Ferrero is the third-largest company in the global chocolate confectionery market, with global sales expected to exceed $11 billion this year. Its products are distributed in over 160 countries.

Fannie May was founded in 1920 in Chicago. It operates a production facility in Ohio and distribution centers in Ohio and Illinois.


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