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February 2006

Durkee-Mower, Inc. Sues Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for Trademark Infringement

Lynn, Massachusetts, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Durkee-Mower, Inc., maker of the famous Marshmallow Fluff® brand marshmallow cream, has sued Williams-Sonoma, Inc. for trademark infringement for misusing the registered trademark Fluffernutter®. Long a staple of playgrounds, after-school snacks, college dorms, and local diners, a Fluffernutter is a concoction of Marshmallow Fluff and peanut butter combined together in a tasty sandwich. Without permission from Durkee-Mower, Williams-Sonoma has been selling a marshmallow and peanut butter chocolate-covered candy named Fluffernutter. According to Donald Durkee, President of Durkee-Mower and son of the company founder, "Williams-Sonoma has no right to trade on our hard-earned reputation with their so-called Fluffernutter confection."

The trademark infringement lawsuit has been filed with the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in Boston. William-Sonoma has not yet answered the Complaint.

Durkee-Mower, Inc. is a privately held company based in Lynn, Massachusetts, located just outside of Boston. Its Marshmallow Fluff marshmallow cream is distributed throughout the United States and abroad in countries such as the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Holland. Marshmallow Fluff is still produced by the same batch process developed over 75 years ago.

Media Contact: Douglas A. Miro