Lotte Holdings of Tokyo, Japan, has offered to purchase $219.6 million worth of shares in Korea's Lotte Group's confectionery division, according to a Lotte Group regulatory filing. "By boosting stakes in Lotte Confectionery, Lotte Holdings will be able to improve efficiency based on the potential synergies between the two firms," said a Lotte Group press release.
Lollipop Shop, seller of retro and bulk candy, has franchises in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. It has a new shop in Raleigh, N.C., with Sky Bar, Clark Bars, Pop Rocks, ZotZ, Abba-Zabba bars and Chick-O-Sticks.
Women who have had a cesarean section might be able to get their bowels moving again by chewing sugarless gum, says a new study. Intestinal function can become sluggish after any abdominal surgery, but gum-chewing releases digestive hormones that might stimulate bowel activity, researchers say.
Ben & Jerry's has changed the name of its Chubby Hubby ice cream to Hubby Hubby, in partnership with Freedom to Marry, which promotes marriage equality. "The legalization of marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Vermont is certainly a step in the right direction and something worth celebrating with peace, love and plenty of ice cream," said Walt Freese, CEO of the Vermont-based brand.