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Wednesday 11th June 2014.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Bidding War for Hillshire Brands Reaches Height

The bidding war over the potential takeover of Hillshire Brands came to a head this week when food giant Tyson played its trump card and put in a bid of $63 a share.

The bid increased the second offer from JBS’s Pilgrim’s Pride by $8 a share and put a value on Hillshire of $8.55 billion dollars.

Tyson had set up part of the cash for the deal the previous week by announcing to the stock market that it was arranging a bridging loan of $6.75 billion.

Immediately the bid had gone in from Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride withdrew its offer.

However, the Tyson bid, as with the Pilgrim’s Pride bid, is subject to Hillshire dropping plans to acquire Pinnacle Foods.

Hillshire had committed itself to buying Pinnacle at a cost of $18 a share and with the Tyson bid staying on the table until December this year, there is expected to be some hard bargaining still to come.

Meanwhile, the attempts by Tyson to secure Hillshire, the former meat and food processing arm of Sara Lee, with its famous brands such as Jimmy Dean’s and Ball Park hot dogs, have been fiercely criticised by the National Farmers Union.

The NFU is concerned that Tyson will now have too big a share of the processing sector and will start dictating prices, damaging the farmers and ranchers.

In another international deal, the future of Spanish based further processor Campofrio has been secured following a share tender.

WH Foods the combination of Shuanghui and Smithfield, who originally had a large stake in Campofrio, will now have about a one third interest in the company while Sigma Alimentos will have just under two thirds of the company.

Also in Spain, Nutreco has announced that it is now not going to go ahead with its sale of its meat and feed compound businesses in Spain and Portugal.

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Global Meat Industry News


Data Dilemma: Charting the Progress on Antimicrobials
Ownership of Campofrío Settled Following Share Tender
Outcome Measures Drive Profitability, Sustainable Practices
L’Aquaculture Tunisienne Sea-bass, Sea-bream Confirmed Sustainable
FAO Food Price Index Falls for Second Consecutive Month

   United States

NFU Urges DOJ to Block Tyson’s Buyout of Hillshire
Where is Pork Export Market Headed?
Tyson Moves Ahead with Hillshire Takeover as Pilgrim’s Pride Pulls Out
Cargill Moves to Group Housing for Company’s Sows
Turkey Producer Hits Back at Cruelty Allegations
Cattle Prices, Exports Stay High
Land O'Lakes Divests Missouri Egg Business to Opal Foods
Tyson Wins Battle for Hillshire Brands
Pork Exports Up During April
House of Raeford Acquires Filet of Chicken
WORLD PORK EXPO: The Keys to Dealing with Customers
WORLD PORK EXPO: Pork Producers Must Report PEDv
WORLD PORK EXPO: China, Huge Export Possibility
Gloves are Off in Battle for Hillshire Brands

   United Kingdom

Moy Park Receives ‘UK Big Tick Award’ from Business in Community
Moy Park Makes it on to New Inward In vestment Track 50 League Table
Tri-nations Competition Paves Way for Future Butchers
Top Scorers in Meat Industry Honoured
Supermarket Chain's Best New UK Supplier Award
BPC Joins Forces with FACE
British Farmers Frustrated at Drop in Beef Price
West Country Beef and Lamb Hits Supermarket Shelves
Aldi Moves into Premium Free-Range Chicken
Moy Park Reaches Zero Waste to Landfill Target


Meat Processor Calls on Senate to Repeal Carbon Tax
Pork, Chicken Consumption not Hit by Drought
Australian Beef Exports Set New Monthly Record
Australian Lamb Exports Exceed 20,000 tonnes in May


VION Sells German Convenience Retail Segment


Atria Vice President Resigns


COFCO Meat Forms Partnership with Strategic Investors
China Declared Negligible Risk of BSE


Authentic Wagyu Beef Imported into UK


Dawn Meats McDonald's BoSS Award Winner


Funding for Canadian Livestock Industry Research Projects


Georgian Prime Minister Visits New Meat Processing Plant


Second International Course in Dry Cured Meat Products
Spanish Pig Market Promising

   New Zealand

Primary Sector Future Capability Report Released
Inquiry into Whey Protein Concentrate Contamination to End in November


Amul to set up dairy plant in Varanasi
Kwality Dairy Profit up 37 Per Cent


Egyptian Minister Calls for Greater Production of Animal Vaccines, Meats


Researchers Studying Use of Copper to Reduce Bacteria in Salmon


Significant Boost to Organic Pig Production
Rescue Plan for Slaughterhouse on Bornholm

   Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Egg, Broiler Output Up in 2013


Abiec Expected Embargoes on Brazilian Beef to be Lifted This Month
Brazilian Beef Exports Grow

   Korea, South

Australian Beef Exports to Korea Remain Strong

   Russian Federation

More Cases of African Swine Fever Discovered


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