Tyson wins bid for Hillshire in battle of meat titans

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Tyson food meat products are shown in this photo illustration in Encinitas(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc TSN.N won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co HSH.N with an all-cash offer that values the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages at $8.55 billion including debt and would be the biggest deal yet in the global meat business. Tyson, the largest U.S. meat processor, on Monday announced an agreement to buy Hillshire for $63 per share. The high-stakes battle for Hillshire, which also sells Ball Park hot dogs, Jimmy Dean frozen breakfast sandwiches and Aidells artisan sausages, underscores how urgently large meat companies are seeking popular consumer brands to fatten profits. Great brands like Hillshire, Jimmy Dean and Ball Park just don't come available very often," Tyson Chief Executive Donnie Smith said on a conference call with reporters.


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