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Hain buys Celestial Seasonings

The Hain Food Group, the nation's largest health food company, acquired Boulder, Colorado-based Celestial Seasonings for roughly $385 million in stock and debt. Celestial will own 37.5% of the combined company, in a deal that will likely help the company increase sales while preserving company identity. Hain is also expected to help Celestial gain increased access to health food stores, as well as to restaurants and food service outlets, thanks to Heinz's 19.5% stake in the Hain Group. As expected, Hain will focus more on Celestial's tea business than its fledgling herbal supplement segment.

Boulder Daily Camera, March 6, 2000.

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