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H. J. Heinz Company and its subsidiaries engage in manufacturing and marketing processed food products worldwide. The company's principal products include ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, tuna and other seafood products, infant food, and other processed food products. The company sells its products through its own sales force and through independent brokers, agents, and distributors to chain, wholesale, cooperative and independent grocery accounts, convenience stores, bakeries, pharmacies, mass merchants, and club stores, as well as foodservice distributors and institutions, including hotels, restaurants, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and certain government agencies. H. J. Heinz Company was founded in 1869 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kraft Foods, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of branded foods and beverages in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa. The company manufactures and markets packaged food products, consisting primarily of snacks, such as cookies, crackers, salted snacks, and confectionery; beverages, including coffee, aseptic juice drinks, and powdered beverages; and cheese and dairy, comprising natural, process, and cream cheeses. It also offers grocery, including ready-to-eat cereals, enhancers, and desserts; and convenient meals, comprising frozen pizza, packaged dinners, lunch combinations, and processed meats. The company's products are sold to supermarket chains, wholesalers, supercenters, club stores, mass merchandisers, distributors, convenience stores, gasoline stations, drug stores, value stores, and other retail food outlets. Kraft Foods was incorporated in 2000 and is headquartered in Northfield, Illinois.
AFC ENTERPRISES INC (AFCE)
AFC Enterprises, Inc. engages in the development, operation, and franchising of quick-service restaurants. It offers spicy and mild fried chicken under Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits brand. As of December 26, 2004, the company operated 1,825 Popeyes restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and 22 foreign countries. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
LANCASTER COLONY CORPORATION (LANC)
Lancaster Colony Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of consumer products for the retail, foodservice, industrial, floral, original equipment, and aftermarket sectors in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Specialty Foods, Glassware and Candles, and Automotive. The Specialty Foods segment manufactures and sells salad dressings and sauces; fruit glazes, vegetable dips, and fruit dips; frozen hearth-baked breads; frozen parkerhouse style yeast dinner rolls and sweet rolls; premium dry egg noodles; frozen specialty noodles and pastas; croutons and related products; and caviar. The Glassware and Candles segment offers candles, candle accessories, and other home fragrance products; machine-blown and pressed consumer glassware and industrial glass products, such as security and interior warehouse lighting components, and cathode ray tubes and lenses; various decorative and ornamental products, such as tumblers, bowls, pitchers, jars, barware, and candle accessories. The Automotive segment manufactures and sells a line of rubber, vinyl, and carpeted floor mats; pickup truck bed mats; running boards; tube steps; toolboxes and other accessories for pickup trucks, vans, and sport utility vehicles; heavy-duty truck and trailer splash guards and quarter fenders; and accessories, such as cup holders, litter caddies, and floor consoles. The company was formed in 1961 and is based in Columbus, Ohio.