HARVEST FOODS TO ACQUIRE RAND'S

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Harvest Foods here has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rand's, a regional wholesaler based here, in a move that Harvest contends will jump-start its small wholesaling business and bring the chain into new markets.The transaction, whose terms weren't revealed, is expected to close later this month.Harvest Foods, which is self-supplied, operates 54 conventional stores in

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Harvest Foods here has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rand's, a regional wholesaler based here, in a move that Harvest contends will jump-start its small wholesaling business and bring the chain into new markets.

The transaction, whose terms weren't revealed, is expected to close later this month.

Harvest Foods, which is self-supplied, operates 54 conventional stores in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, with sales of about $425 millio

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