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• Published reports say that Snyder’s of Hanover, Pa., is close to a merger with Lance, which would turn the new company - to be called Snyder’s-Lance - into the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of salty snacks, behind only Frito-Lay.

• C-store chain The Pantry said yesterday that it has completed the acquisition of 47 locations from Presto Convenience Stores in Kansas and Missouri. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; the 47 stores are estimated to generate a total of about $194 million annually.

• In Snohomish County in Washington State, it is reported that members of the Teamsters who work for Safeway, QFC, Fred Meyer and Albertsons have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the retailers.

• The Seattle Times reports that “taxes on candy and bottled water and an excise tax on carbonated beverages end Thursday, the result of voter approval of Initiative 1107 in November.

“Voters rejected the tax, which was imposed last year by the Legislature to help plug a $2.8 billion hole in the state budget. The taxes were projected to generate $101.2 million for the remainder of the current biennium, which ends next July, and $216.8 million in the next biennium.”
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