In Hillshire Bidding War, a Play for Meat-Eating Home Cooks

Hillshire Farm smoked sausages Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

May has been a busy month for the meat industry. First, Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.3 billion. On May 27, Pilgrim’s Pride offered to buy Hillshire for $5.6 billion, followed two days later by Tyson Foods, which offered $6.2 billion for Hillshire. (The fate of the Pinnacle deal is uncertain.)

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