1. Jarden buying Yankee Candle for about $1.75B | masslive

    Jarden buying Yankee Candle for about $1.75B | masslive

    Jarden Corp. founder and CEO Martin Franklin said in a statement Tuesday that this is the Rye, N.Y.-based company's first significant acquisition since April 2010.  Yankee Candle President and CEO Harlan Kent said the buyout gives Yankee Candle the resources and scale to strengthen its existing product development and distribution capabilities.  Yankee Candle will become a part of Jarden's branded consumables division, which will now make up about 35 percent of the company's total sales.

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