US food manufacturers HJ Heinz and Del Monte have agreed a US$1.8bn deal which will see Heinz spin off some of its underperforming businesses and merge them with Del Monte. The units involved are Heinz' North American pet food and pet snacks, US tuna, US private label soup and infant feeding businesses. Brands to go include Kibbles 'n Bits, 9-Lives, StarKist and Pup-Peroni.