Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

SF Soda Maker Blue Sky Sold to Rival Hansen's.

Byline: Jennifer McKee Journal Staff Writer

Santa Fe's home-grown soda pop success, Blue Sky Natural Beverage Co., sold out to its toughest rival last week the well-heeled Hansen's Natural Corporation of California.

Blue Sky's corporate headquarters at 510 Don Gaspar will close in about a month, said Michael Rising, executive vice president of Blue Sky.

The deal was finalized Sept. 20.

Rising described the transition as bittersweet.

He and three other employees will lose their jobs. Two Blue Sky sales representatives took jobs with Hansen's, and the company's founders, Robert Black and Marla Becker will "move onto other things," Rising said. …

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