Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Blue Sky Bought By Calif. Rival.(Business)

Byline: Journal Staff and Wire Reports

AROUND NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE Santa Fe's home-grown soda pop, 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.

The company's founders, Robert Black and Marla Becker, approached Hansen's and other companies earlier about selling Blue Sky, Rising said. …

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