Hershey to Buy Nabisco Mints, Gum Business for $135 Million

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Hershey Foods

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agreed to acquire

Nabisco Holdings'

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mints and gum businesses for $135 million.

The deal requires the completion of Nabisco's acquisition by

Philip Morris

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.

Nabisco's mints and gum businesses, which include brands such as Ice Breakers, Breath Savers and Bubble Yum, posted 1999 sales of about $270 million. Nabisco's gum-manufacturing plant in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, is included in the acquisition.

Shares of Hershey were recently higher by $2.25, or 4.1%, at $56.56, while shares of Nabisco gained 0.1%, or 6 cents, to $54.25 on the

New York Stock Exchange

.