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SPARTA FOODS ACQUIRES CHAPALA NAME AND BUSINESS

 ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 24 ~PRNewswire~ -- Sparta Foods, Inc. announced today that it has purchased the Chapala trade name and salsa formulas from Chapala International, Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa. The purchase was made for cash, but the terms were not disclosed.
 "By acquiring the Chapala trade name and business, we are able to expand our retail salsa markets into Denver, Toronto, Iowa and Minnesota, areas where sales currently exist for the Chapala brand salsa," said Nicholas Grammas, president and chief executive officer of Sparta Foods. "Where the market dictates, the name will be used for other related Mexican items, including tortillas and tortilla chips. With the Chapala salsa product and brand name, Sparta's presence will be strengthened in the Mexican product section of retail grocery stores." Sparta has licensed Chapala International to continue to use the name "Chapala" in the food service market.
 Sparta Foods, Inc. manufactures tortillas, tortilla chips, burritos, picante salsa and other sauces for sale and distribution to retail food stores and food service establishments, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, La Canasta of Minnesota, Inc. and Cruz Mexican Foods, Inc. In addition, Sparta manufactures barbecue sauces which are marketed by Ken Davis Products, Inc. under the "Ken Davis" label, and manufactures tortilla chips and picante salsas under private label for others. Sparta Foods is a publicly-held corporation and trades on the Minneapolis~St. Paul, Minn. over-the-counter market.
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 ~CONTACT: Nicholas Grammas of Sparta Foods, 612-646-1888, or Melissa Quinn of Padilla Speer Beardsley, 612-871-8877, for Sparta~


CO: Sparta Foods , Inc.; Chapala International, Inc. ST: Minnesota IN: FOD SU: TNM

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