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| 21 Nov 2014
Brazil-based JBS is already the world's largest meat supplier but it has its sights on growing further in value-added products and in Asia - and has turned to a business in Australia to help it achieve that goal.
| 10 Jun 2014
Tyson Foods has won through in the bidding war to acquire Hillshire Brands with an improved US$63 per share offer for the for the Jimmy Dean maker. But, at 16.7x EBITDA, is the lofty price of US$8.55bn overly inflated? Katy Askew investigates.
| 2 Jun 2014
The dramatic M&A battle being played out in the US protein space comes as fresh evidence that food companies are willing to pay top-dollar for quality businesses in a consolidating sector.
| 29 May 2014
Tyson Foods entered fray today (29 May) when it issued a fresh bid for Hillshire Brands, trumping an earlier offer from Pilgrim's Pride. Like Pilgrim's, Tyson stressed the strategic merits of taking control of the Jimmy Dean-to-State Fair manufacturer. Tyson is clearly prepared to pay a premium price for Hillshire - but will another bid be forthcoming? Katy Askew reports.
| 30 Apr 2015
Rising demand for protein has led to a jump in profits for Pilgrim's Pride for the first quarter of the year.
| 24 Apr 2015
This week, Associated British Foods reported its annual results and revealed it struggled with competition in the UK and Australian bakery sectors. US consumer goods rookie acquired Birds Eye owner Iglo Group. Hershey had its first quarter results out which demonstrated troubles in uptake of chocolate in China. And Blue Bell announced it was pulling all its products off US shelves after fresh tests found more listeria-ridden products. Here is the week in quotes.
| 22 Apr 2015
US poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride plans to remove all antibiotics from 25% of its chicken production by 2019.
| 12 Mar 2015
Brazil-based meat giant JBS attributed a jump in 2014 sales and earnings to its transformation drive, which has aimed to turn the company into a "multinational of Brazilian origin".
| 12 Feb 2015
US poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride, has reported a profit jump for the full year
| 15 Dec 2014
The takeover battles for Chiquita Brands International and for Hillshire Brands were among the stories that grabbed your interest in 2014.
| 30 Oct 2014
US chicken group Pilgrim's Pride has booked an increase in earnings for the first nine months of the year, boosted by higher sales and margins.
| 14 Aug 2014
US food group Hillshire Brands, set to be taken over by meat giant Tyson Foods, has reported a year of increasing sales and profits.
| 31 Jul 2014
US poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride has reported higher half-year profits as a lower cost of sales helped offset a dip in sales.
| 28 Jul 2014
Tyson Foods has struck a deal to sell its operations in Mexico and Brazil to meat processing rival JBS.
| 2 Jul 2014
Tyson Foods and Hillshire Brands today (2 July) entered into a "definitive" agreement that will see the US meat processor acquire the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages for US$8.55bn.
| 1 Jul 2014
Pinnacle Foods plans to use the break-up fee it will receive from the termination of its proposed agreement to be sold to Hillshire Brands to lower its debts.
| 17 Jun 2014
US poultry processor Pilgrim's Pride has confirmed it is still looking to make acquisitions after pulling out of the race to buy Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands.
| 9 Jun 2014
Tyson Foods has confirmed that, following the conclusion of a competitive bidding process, it has submitted a US$8.55bn binding offer to acquire Hillshire Brands.
| 9 Jun 2014
Tyson Foods has reportedly raised its bid for Hillshire Brands, outbidding rival Pilgrim's Pride in the battle to take control of the Jimmy Dean maker.
| 6 Jun 2014
Several major deals were struck this week including ABF's buy of Dorset Cereals and Cloetta's acquisition of Aran. Pilgrim's Pride upped its bid for Hillshire Brands. Elsewhere Cloetta has been accused of using "sneaky" marketing tactics to sell its sugary Chewits product. Mondelez on the other hand pulled its Bar and a Half product in a bid to reduce per person calorie intake.
| 3 Jun 2014
Hillshire Brands has confirmed Pilgrim's Pride has increased its takeover bid for the US food group.
| 3 Jun 2014
Pilgrim's Pride is reportedly upping its offer for the acquisition of Hillshire Brands to US$55 a share.
| 2 Jun 2014
US meats group Hillshire Brands has this week turned from hunter to hunted. With its offer for Pinnacle Foods on the table, the Jimmy Dean sausages maker is the subject of two takeover bids from JBS-backed Pilgrim's Pride and then Tyson Foods, looking to boost their meat empires with higher-margin products. Elsewhere, Sweden-based confectioner Cloetta snapped up Ireland's The Jelly Bean Factory, Nestle and Fonterra revamped their venture in South America and R&R Ice Cream bought Australia's Peters Food Group.
| 30 May 2014
Hitting headlines this week was the bidding war for Hillshire Brands which saw Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride both go head to head. Elsewhere, Peters Food Group was acquired by R&R Ice Cream, while Nestle and Fonterra issued a statement saying they were scaling back their Latin American partnership. Also this week, Synlait Milk announced it was revising its 2014 earnings outlook and Danish Crown announced 190 jobs would go as it chose to close its Bornholm slaughterhouse.
| 29 May 2014
Tyson Foods, the US meat giant, today (29 May) tabled a US$6.8bn takeover bid for Hillshire Brands, trumping an offer from poultry processing rival Pilgrim's Pride.
| 28 May 2014
Hillshire Brands will review a US$6.4bn takeover bid from Pilgrim's Pride - although the company has talked up its own offer for a third US group, Pinnacle Foods.
| 27 May 2014
US chicken group Pilgrim's Pride is looking to beef up its portfolio through an offer to acquire Hillshire Brands for US$6.4bn.
| 1 May 2014
US chicken processor Pilgrim's Pride has seen profits grow despite a drop in sales for the first quarter of 2014.
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