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Chocolatier Designates 3 Finalists

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LOS ANGELES Lindt & Sprungli USA's Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. has cut to three finalists in the review for its $2 million account, sources said.

Advancing are Suissa Miller and WongDoody, both in Los Angeles, and Martin/Williams in Minneapolis, sources said. Shops that have been eliminated from contention include Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos in San Francisco and Clarity Coverdale Fury Advertising and Kerker, both in Minneapolis.

Pile and Co. in Boston is leading the search.

The agencies and the consultant either could not be reached or declined to comment. The client in San Leandro, Calif., did not return calls.

Ghirardelli is not currently working with an agency. Publicis & Hal Riney in San Francisco had been named the winner of the account following a review that concluded in September, but sources said the deal was never finalized.