CORPORATIONS: New Wrapper

Two New York companies that have made a mint from nickel candy decided last week that life would be even sweeter under one corporate wrapper. Life Savers Corp., whose 14 candy flavors earned $2,750,000 last year, agreed to merge with Beech-Nut Packing Co., third biggest U.S. chewing-gum maker (after Wrigley, American Chicle). The merger, still to be formally approved by directors and stockholders, was a logical move for both companies. Life Savers was eager to expand. Beech-Nut, which also makes baby food, coffee and peanut butter, had been unable to fatten its profit margin: only $3,747,000 last year, about...

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