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Tyson Moves Forward With Hillshire Deal

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.           

Food Makers Bet U.S. Wants Drinkable Food

July 2, 2014 8:27 am | News | Comments

The demand for portable, easy-to-eat foods has been growing, and Hormel isn't the only company hoping that can include liquid food that comes in the convenience bottle.                

Brynwood Partners Buying Juicy Juice From Nestle USA

July 2, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners says it plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes and make changes to its packaging. Juicy Juice is in the 100 percent juice category.             

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Actavis Closes $28B Forest Deal

July 1, 2014 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Actavis has completed its $28 billion acquisition of fellow drugmaker Forest Laboratories, and the leader of the acquired company is now the CEO of Actavis.                 

Hormel Buys Muscle Milk Maker For $450M

July 1, 2014 9:59 am | by Candice Choi and Michelle Chapman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods is buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport for approximately $450 million, a move that will diversify its business and tap into younger consumers' demand for sports nutrition products.          

Pinnacle Foods Lets Hillshire Out Of Deal

July 1, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.                               

Stryker Buying Joint Device Maker For Up To $375M

June 30, 2014 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stryker said Monday it will buy bone and joint replacement maker Small Bone Innovations for up to $375 million in cash.                   

TreeHouse Foods To Buy Flagstone Foods For $860M

June 30, 2014 11:09 am | News | Comments

TreeHouse Foods is buying Flagstone Foods for $860 million as a way to gain access to the growing healthy snacks category.                      

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PPG Buying Comex For $2.3B

June 30, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

Paint and coatings maker PPG Industries is buying Consorcio Comex SA de CV for $2.3 billion to help bolster its architectural coatings presence in Mexico and Central America.              

Alcoa Moves Further Into Aerospace Industry With $2.85B Acquisition

June 26, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

Alcoa is delving deeper into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion to acquire the British jet engine component company Firth Rixson.                   

HanesBrands To Buy DBApparel For About $550M

June 25, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

HanesBrands is buying DBApparel from Sun Capital Partners Inc. for about $550 million, giving the underwear and T-shirt company entry to the European market.                

Oracle To Buy Micros Systems For About $5.3B

June 23, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about $5.3 billion.                 

Shire Rejects $46.2B Offer From AbbVie

June 23, 2014 8:29 am | News | Comments

Dublin-based drugmaker Shire said it has rejected an unsolicited $46.2 billion offer from AbbVie Inc., arguing that it fundamentally undervalues the company and its prospects.             

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Alstom CEO: GE Deal Will Save Jobs

June 23, 2014 7:44 am | News | Comments

Alstom's chief executive says the French heavy engineering firm's agreement to sell off most of its power generation business to U.S. rival General Electric Co. will save jobs and protect France's national interests.         

GE Makes Revised Offer For Alstom

June 19, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

General Electric submitted a revised offer to buy the power generation business of France's Alstom that the American company hopes will be enough to win approval from the French government and see off a rival bid by Siemens.                  

Valeant Makes Hostile $53B Bid For Allergan

June 18, 2014 11:35 am | News | Comments

Valeant, which is based in Canada, has teamed up with Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management to try to purchase Allergan. The two companies went public with their takeover attempt in April and have increased their offer several times.

The Executive’s Guide To Mergers And Acquisitions

June 18, 2014 10:51 am | by Michael Glessner, Senior Manager, Kalypso & Alexander Tang, Senior Consultant, Kalypso | Articles | Comments

The sound business plan, immaculate data models and clear timelines that supported the case for a merger all become theory once actual implementation begins.                            

Musk Takes On Carbon With Solar, Battery Bets

June 18, 2014 7:50 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.               

Stylr App Is Wal-Mart Tech Lab's Latest Buy

June 17, 2014 2:58 pm | News | Comments

Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon, who took the helm in February, vowed Wal-Mart would pick up the pace in technology in his address earlier this month at the company's annual shareholders meeting.             

SanDisk To Buy Fusion-io For $1.1B

June 17, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

SanDisk is buying Fusion-io for about $1.1 billion as the flash-memory chip maker ramps up its storage business.                        

Siemens, Mitsubishi Make Offer For Alstom

June 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Engineering giants Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan on Monday jointly offered to buy parts of France's Alstom and start a long-term partnership, a move that could derail a competing bid by General Electric.   

Hillshire Backs Off Of Pinnacle Foods Offer

June 16, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands Co. is backing off of its offer to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc., a move that it needs to make in order for its $7.75 billion proposed deal with Tyson Foods to go through.               

Medtronic Buying Irish Medical Device Maker

June 16, 2014 7:46 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic announced Sunday night that it has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.                 

Valeant Plans Hostile Bid For Allergan

June 11, 2014 2:03 pm | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals aims to take its bid for Allergan to the Botox maker's shareholders after Allegan's board unanimously rejected its latest offer of about $53 billion.             

Mitsubishi, Siemens Mull Joint Alstom Bid

June 11, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and German rival Siemens AG say they are considering making a joint bid for parts of French engineering firm Alstom.                  

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