Hershey has purchased Velva, North Dakota-based Dot’s Pretzels and Pretzels Inc., an Indiana-based manufacturer of Dot’s Pretzels that operates three plants. The $1.2 billion deal is expected to close later this year. Dorothy Henke made her first batch of Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels in her home kitchen in 2011. The brand grew from a Midwest favorite to become the fastest growing pretzel brand nationwide.
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