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Milk Processor Board Lands License Deals on ‘Got Milk?’

MARKETING: South OC-based trade group owns famous slogan

A classic children’s storybook starts off with, “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.”

NB Amusement Operator Doubles Food, Drink Sales

HOSPITALITY: National accounts, franchises spur growth

Newport Beach-based leisure parks operator Palace Entertainment Inc. has doubled food and beverage sales in seven years, the company said.

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Wet Seal Inc. Names Interim CFO

Wet Seal Inc. named Thomas Hillebrandt its interim chief financial officer.

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Wet Seal Inc. Names Interim CFO

Wet Seal Inc. named Thomas Hillebrandt its interim chief financial officer.

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Henrik Fisker, Galpin Ford Team Up on Muscle Car

Henrik Fisker is expected to announce plans for a new muscle car with a body made of carbon fiber during an appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show today.

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Habit Goes Public

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. went public on Nasdaq this morning priced at $18 a share and has doubled in price to about $36.

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Habit IPO Set

Habit Restaurants Inc. has priced its initial public offering of 5 million shares tomorrow at $18 a share, the company said.

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Nekter Juice Bar Adds Food, App

Santa Ana-based Nekter Juice Bar Inc. is set to add food items to its menu and a smart phone app to order and buy them, the company said.

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El Pollo Loco Lock-Up Date Waived

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc. said insiders will be able to sell 6 million shares as early as Wednesday, November 19, after a “lock-up” date was waived by the lead managers of its initial public offering in July.

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Pieology Builds Executive Team

Pieology Pizzeria named Stephanie Lambrecht vice president of operations, the third senior executive it’s hired this summer.

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Slater Endorses Volcom, Electric

Professional surfer Kelly Slater will endorse surf product for Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. and Electric Visuals in San Clemente.

All In On Aluminum

Laguna Hills Nonprofit Gets Body Shops Ready for Ford’s New Truck

The all-aluminum Ford F-150 trucks are set to roll off dealer lots next month—and you can bet that some will wind up in body shops before the new-car scent wears off.

Hope for Hangars? South Coast Redux; Act II for Churm?

Are the powers that be rethinking the fate of the two hangars on the former Marine base in Tustin now that Google has signed a 60-year lease worth $1.2 billion for a similar structure and several others on surrounding grounds in the Silicon Valley?

Habit Looks to Trade on ‘Better-Burger’ Standing in IPO

RESTAURANTS: Recent growth, timing of offering look favorable

The Habit Restaurants Inc. in Irvine appears to have a number of factors working in its favor for an initial public offering that’s expected sometime this week, including some that reflect its strong run of recent years and others that indicate the chain is well-positioned for the future.

Software Deal Points to Resumption of Fisker Production

TECHNOLOGY: Pact with Quantum could bring stake in IP

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide Inc.’s new deal to supply key vehicle operations software for the relaunch of the Fisker Karma and potentially other models rekindles a relationship that had soured before the luxury automaker crashed two years ago.