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The cider was drunk from traditional Cider Mugs of varying design and capacity with one, two or three handles. used by the pottery of Lancaster & Sandland Ltd of Dresden Works, Hanley, Staffs wwho traded from 1944 to 1970s. The 'Farmers Arms' mugs bear an agricultural theme and were used extensively in the cider drinking areas of the West of England almost two centuries ago. For many generations Cider formed part of the way of life among farming communities over a wide area of the West Country. Cider was made on individual farms and was stored in large wooden casks each holding up to 100 gallons or more. Last week, the company told investors that it plans to borrow 0 million, including 0 million to buy out its private-equity investors and 5 million to acquire publicly traded salty-snacks maker Inventure Foods Inc., as well as for refinancing and other expenses, according to a report by analyst Bea Chiem at S&P Global Ratings, the credit-rating agency.Utz calls itself “the largest privately held and family-managed salty-snack company in the U.
The buyback and refinancing comes just over a year after Utz agreed to sell a minority share to Metropoulous & Co., owner of Hostess, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Bumble Bee, and dozens of other brands, after Metropoulous invested more than 5 million in Utz acquisitions.
One 'Farmers Arms' jug produced is most unusual because it is very much brighter and more expensive in style than the others that were made - with a solid, bright sky, blue background and gold leaf edging - much more sophisticated glazing than is usual.