February 25, 2015
Company Press Release
Flowers Foods (NYSE: FLO)
FLOWERS FOODS ACQUIRES ROMAN MEAL TRADEMARK FOR USE
IN U.S., CANADA, MEXICO, BERMUDA, AND BAHAMAS
THOMASVILLE, GA – Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) today announced that it has acquired the Roman Meal trademark for breads and buns in the United States and its territories, and in Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas from Roman Meal Company in Tacoma, Wash. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Roman Meal is a 103-year-old brand licensed by Roman Meal Company to bakeries in the U.S. and other countries. Flowers Foods is one of seven baking companies with the license to sell Roman Meal breads and buns in the United States. The brand’s annual retail sales in the U.S. are approximately $26 million.
The acquisition will have no impact on current licensing agreements in the continental U.S., which will now be administered by Flowers Foods. Roman Meal Company will license the Roman Meal brand from Flowers Foods in Hawaii and Guam, and will retain ownership of the brand in Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.
Flowers has been a licensed baker of Roman Meal bread for more than 40 years. The Roman Meal brand is one of the oldest in the U.S. baking industry and has a reputation for premium, quality whole grain bakery foods.
About Flowers Foods
Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of fresh packaged bakery foods in the United States with annual sales of approximately $3.7 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company’s top brands are Nature's Own, Wonder, and Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.
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