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Albemarle To Buy Rockwood In $6.2B Deal

July 15, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Specialty chemicals company Albemarle is buying counterpart Rockwood Holdings Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.2 billion.                    

Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard For $25B

July 15, 2014 8:06 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.                      

Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, an industry source said.                     

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ConAgra Buying Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.              

Mylan Buying Abbott Business Line In $5.3B Deal

July 14, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The generic drug maker Mylan is buying Abbott Laboratories' generic-drugs business in developed markets for stock valued at about $5.3 billion.                         

Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

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

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                       

Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                

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Unilever Selling Slim-Fast Brand To Kainos Capital

July 11, 2014 8:05 am | News | Comments

Unilever said it sold its Slim-Fast brand to the private equity firm Kainos Capital. Unilever said it will keep a minority stake in Slim-Fast, which sells weight loss and nutrition products in North America, the U.K., and Ireland.         

More 'Headline-Grabbing' Deals Expected

July 10, 2014 7:52 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

More "headline-grabbing" acquisitions are likely over the coming year as businesses take advantage of a period of improving economic growth and cheap financing.                 

Corporate Marriages: How To Avoid Divorce

July 9, 2014 7:51 am | by Nissan | Blogs | Comments

Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn takes a look at why so many joint ventures, partnerships, alliances and mergers fail – especially in the auto industry.                    

AbbVie Raises Bid For Shire

July 8, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

U.S. drugmaker AbbVie is boosting its offer for Shire by 11 percent to about $51.3 billion, hoping it will be enough to pique the interest of its British counterpart.              

Mitsubishi Will Acquire Stake In UAE Water Firm

July 8, 2014 7:48 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have entered into an agreement with a water firm in the United Arab Emirates to acquire a 38.4 percent share in its water and wastewater projects.           

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ADM To Buy Flavoring Maker For About $3B

July 7, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.               

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.             

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.                      

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.                

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