East Baking Company and Mrs. Dunster's Bakery are preparing to file to stop the sale of Koffee Kup Bakery and Vermont bread to Georgia-based Flower Foods.

Compass Vermont reported yesterday that a surprise decision to sell the companies to Flower Foods was unexpected, and that the new buyer had no immediate plans of reopening the facilities. 

“We’re absolutely going to challenge this,” Jeff McCarroll, spokesperson for Massachusetts’ East Baking Co., said Tuesday as lawyers prepared to file paperwork. “We believe it was ramrodded through, and there’s no reason they moved so quickly other than to avoid scrutiny,” according to an article in VTDigger.  

Blair Hyslop, co-CEO of Mrs. Dunster's told VTDigger, “We are absolutely devastated for all the employees, vendors, distributors and their local communities.  We believe we have a strong case and are exploring all of our options.”

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