Atkins Nutritional Holdings, the company best-known for the low-carb Atkins diet, has new owners. And they have a sweet tooth.

Private equity firm North Castle Partners sold the Denver-based Atkins to another investment firm, Roark Capital Group, for an undisclosed sum, the company said Friday.

Roark owns brands such as Carvel ice cream, Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, and Auntie Anne's soft pretzels, all of which would be off-limits for Atkins dieters who are more likely to buy Atkins branded shakes and protein bars, or other food items approved under the carb-free diet.

Atkins has changed hands four times since the 2003 death of dieting pioneer Dr. Robert Atkins.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.