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Safeway Bakery Bought And Expansion Likely

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Annie's Incorporated is set to buy the Joplin Safeway cookie and cracker manufacturing plant for a multimillion dollar price tag, with plans to expand.

According to the company's second quarter financial report, Annie's--most recognizable for it's bunny rabbit on its labels-- is set to pay $6 million, plus the cost of inventory and supplies for this facility on Junge Blvd and Maiden Lane in Joplin.

The company says that Annie's products produced in the Joplin plant currently account for over fifty percent of its overall snacks net sales, and represent the majority of the plant's total production volume. 

The acquisition closing is expected to occur in the first quarter of Annie's 2015 fiscal year.

From Annie's Inc Website: 

Planned Acquisition of Safeway's Joplin Plant: 

"Annie's also announced that on November 5, 2013, the Company entered into a definitive agreement with Safeway Inc. and Safeway Australia Holdings, Inc. to acquire the snack manufacturing plant in Joplin, Missouri, which has been Annie's primary manufacturer of cookie and cracker products since the inception of its snacks business in 2002. Under the agreement, the purchase price will be $6.0 million, plus the cost of inventory and supplies at closing.  Annie's expects to fund the acquisition with cash on hand and, if necessary, by drawing under its revolving credit facility. Including the impact of previously planned efficiency projects, the acquisition is not expected to materially impact net income in fiscal 2015.

Annie's products produced in the Joplin plant currently account for over 50% of its overall snacks net sales and represent the majority of the plant's total production volume. In connection with the closing of the acquisition, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of Annie's fiscal 2015 and is subject to the satisfaction of various closing conditions, Annie's expects to enter into a three-year supply agreement to produce products on behalf of an affiliate of Safeway Inc.  

"The Joplin plant is of high strategic value to Annie's," said Mr. Foraker. "The planned acquisition of the plant is consistent with our asset-light business model and provides capacity for future growth, a platform for innovation and an opportunity to further control and improve our cost structure."

Added Amanda Martinez, EVP, Operations and Administration of Annie's, "Having overseen the Joplin plant during my tenure with Safeway, I can speak first-hand to the focus on quality at the plant as well as the caliber of its workforce. We look forward to welcoming the plant's employees to the Annie's family.""

For more information on the Acquisition, click here.

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