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Bernick's purchases Better Brands

The sale of Better Brands, a Duluth distributor of Miller Brewing products, to Bernick's Cos. was expected to become official Friday. Better Brands, a company started in 1959, becomes the 56th acquisition of the Waite Park, Minn.-based company. B...

The sale of Better Brands, a Duluth distributor of Miller Brewing products, to Bernick's Cos. was expected to become official Friday.

Better Brands, a company started in 1959, becomes the 56th acquisition of the Waite Park, Minn.-based company. Bernick's has about 65 employees at its Pepsi and beer distribution operations in Duluth. After the sale, Bernick's will have a total of 675 employees in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

All 12 employees of Better Brands, which was owned by the Buerke family, were offered jobs with Bernick's, said Peter Hill, Bernick's vice president of marketing. Ten of them accepted, he said.

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