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OUT-OF-STATE FIRM AWARDED SNACK FOOD CONTRACT FOR WAYNE COUNTY JAILS DESPITE 29 YEARS OF LOYAL SERVICE FROM DETROIT'S OWN BETTER MADE SNACK FOODS


DETROIT, MI - After 29 years of loyal service providing a wide variety of snack foods to the Wayne County jail system, Better Made Snack Foods will no longer be servicing the Wayne County Jails. In a letter dated January 12, 2010, Better Made was informed that the new vending contract was awarded to an out-of-state firm due to pricing issues.

The loss of the contract will ultimately hurt the local employees that make the product and the general economy in Southeast Michigan.

"We are glad to have had the opportunity to provide products to Wayne County Jails for so long," says Salvatore Cipriano, CEO of Detroit-based Better Made Snack Foods. "However, we are disappointed that part of the money Wayne County receives from the State of Michigan will now go to out-of-state workers. We pay Detroit City and Wayne County taxes, and have endeavored to keep our business in Detroit for nearly 80 years. We are wondering where is the loyalty to Detroit workers?"

Founded in 1930 in Detroit as Cross and Peters, Better Made has developed and provided a wide variety of quality award-winning snack foods, including flavored potato chips, popcorn, crunchy chips, pretzels, pork rinds, tortilla chips, beef jerky, chocolate covered potato chips and pretzels, salsas and cheese dips.

The family-owned company uses locally grown potatoes and trans fat-free cottonseed oil. For more information, please visit www.bettermadesnackfoods.com. You may also follow Better Made on Facebook and Twitter.

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MEDIA NOTE: For more information and comment, please call Mark Costello or Mike Esseltine at 313/925-4774.


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