Hospitality & Retail

Hershey in talks to acquire NC nutrition bar maker

The Hershey Co. expects to close on a $395 million deal by the end of the year with a Charlotte, North Carolina, nutrition bar manufacturer. One Brands LLC, a nutrition bar company with an emphasis on low-sugar and high-protein snacks has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by the Derry Township-based Hershey Co. ...

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Fired up: Distiller joins vibrant beverage scene in Carlisle

Friends and Boiling Springs residents Devin Flickinger and Mark Farrell teamed up this summer to open Hook & Flask Still Works at 137 N. Hanover Street in downtown Carlisle. The pair, who are making history as the first distillery to open is Carlisle since Prohibition, are also volunteer firefighters for the Monroe Fire Co. and chose Carlisle for its craft beverage scene.

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Central Pa. projects receive millions in state grants

More than two dozen projects in Central Pennsylvania were awarded millions of dollars in matching grants from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), supporting both public and private construction and renovation projects across the state. The local grants are part of a broader package of grant awards $275 million for 214 projects statewide.

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Double-edged sword: Digital technology can help businesses – except when it doesn’t

A pair of chainwide cash register crashes at Target Corp. in June, right around the heavy-sales Father’s Day weekend, may have cost the national retailer $50 million to $100 million in lost sales, according to some analysts. The problems — one of which the company blamed on a “technology glitch,” while another was traced to a tech center run by NCR Corp. — were quickly corrected, but they also point to a deeper issue, said some local experts: Technology has helped to boost business productivity, but it’s also exposed companies to a host of challenges.

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