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PURDY'S CHOCOLATES HOPES TO SAVE FRANGOS FOR THE NORTHWEST

 PURDY'S CHOCOLATES HOPES TO SAVE FRANGOS FOR THE NORTHWEST
 SEATTLE, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Purdy's Chocolates:
 Purdy's Chocolates owner Charles Flavelle has told both Frederick & Nelson and Marshall Field & Co. that his company is interested in purchasing Frangos and preserving it for the Northwest.
 "The high quality and wonderful reputation of Frangos parallel our own company standards. We want to take Frangos under our wing and keep it in this region," said Flavelle.
 Purdy's Chocolates has been operating in Western Washington for the past twelve years, with stores in Westlake Mall, Bellevue Square, Southcenter Mall, Everett Mall and Bellis Fair. In total, Purdy's Chocolates operates 46 stores throughout Washington state, British Columbia and Alberta.
 Flavelle said Purdy's intends to continue manufacturing Frangos in Seattle.
 "In today's economy, we know that people are concerned about their jobs," he said. "We value the people currently making Frangos and want them to be able to keep their jobs in Seattle. After all, there's no better way to produce Frangos than with the very people who have the expertise."
 According to Flavelle, Purdy's Chocolates wants to assume the license to Frangos from Marshall Field & Co., including the trademark. Preliminary plans are to sell Frangos not only at Purdy's Chocolates stores, but also through other Western Washington retailers.
 "We think the important thing for people who love Frangos is that they be assured of having an uninterrupted supply of this unique chocolate that is very much a part of the Northwest heritage. Who better to meet that demand than a regional company such as Purdy's Chocolates which has been in the chocolate business for 85 years and has a reputation for producing high quality, fresh chocolates," Flavelle said.
 COMPANY FACTS
 March 1992
 -- Purdy's Chocolates was established in 1907, when company founder Richard Cormon Purdy opened a small chocolate shop on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia.
 -- Present owner and President Charles Flavelle purchased the company in 1963. It remains a privately held family business.
 -- Purdy's opened its first store in Western Washington in 1980. Today, Purdy's owns and operates 46 stores located throughout Washington state, British Columbia and Alberta.
 -- Purdy's Chocolates employs more than 600 people across its network of stores and the factory kitchen. The Purdy's factory kitchen in Vancouver currently occupies more than 57,000 square feet.
 -- Purdy's blends premium chocolate imported from Callebaut of Belgium and from the United States to create a special chocolate flavor designed to please the North American palate. Purdy's was the first Canadian chocolate company to import Callebaut chocolate from Belgium, beginning in 1968.
 -- In this age of automation, Purdy's believes in the personal touch. Every chocolate cream is hand-marked, every chocolate cherry is hand-dipped, every chocolate mould is hand-trimmed and every marzipan fruit is hand-painted.
 -- Purdy's makes more than 100 different types of chocolates -- literally hundreds of thousands of chocolates per day.
 -- In 1984, Purdy's developed a line of truffles which earned the company several awards at the Retail Confectioners International truffle competition in Maui, Hawaii, in January 1985.
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 /CONTACT: Carol Rogalski or Dan Graves of Communication Northwest, 206-285-7070, or after hours, 206-932-8701 for Purdy's Chocolates/ CO: Purdy's Chocolates; Frederick & Nelson; Marshall Field & Co. ST: Washington IN: FOD SU:


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