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Friday, Aug 23 2013 06:42 PM

Worth Noting in Business: BevMo coming to Bakersfield

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Specialty alcohol retailer BevMo expects to open a Bakersfield location by the end of next year.

A executive at the Concord-based chain said his team is looking at a couple of different locations in town measuring about 9,000 square feet.

The company's senior vice president of real estate, construction and facilities, Greg Endom, said Bakersfield is the largest California city without a BevMo.

"We get calls and emails from Bakersfield residents asking us to bring a store" here, he said.

A Los Angeles asset management firm has purchased Bakersfield-based grower Sun World International for more than $140 million.

The buyer, Renewable Resources Group, said in a news release that the ownership change will not affect Sun World's operations, personnel or administration.

Sun World, formed in 1976, has been owned since 2005 by Connecticut-based investment firm Black Diamond Capital Management. It grows, packs and markets various agricultural products.

La Bonita Tortilla Inc. is rebranding under the name La Preciosa amid a restructuring of the Bakersfield company.

The decades-old business changed its label and began delivering under the new name more than a month ago, marketing director Denise Ornelas said Friday. The restructuring had to do with financial issues, she said, declining to elaborate.

The company makes tortillas for local grocers and restaurants.

The University of Phoenix Central Valley Campus is hosting a criminal justice career fair Saturday at its Bakersfield Learning Center, 4900 California Ave.

The event is intended for law enforcement professionals and people looking to enter the field. It is expected to include workshops and networking opportunities.

Among more than a dozen local agencies planning to participate are the Bakersfield Police Department, the Kern County Sheriff's Office, the California Department of Corrections and the FBI.

For information, go online at https://criminaljusticecareerfair.eventbrite.com.

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