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Pinnacle Foods lets Hillshire out of agreement

Pinnacle, based in New Jersey, to get $163M breakup payment
Oklahoman Published: July 1, 2014

— Pinnacle Foods said Monday it has scrapped its sale to Hillshire Brands, freeing Hillshire to be acquired by Tyson Foods.

Pinnacle Foods, which makes Birds Eye frozen vegetables, Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man frozen dinners, said it will get a $163 million breakup payment from Hillshire. The Parsippany, N.J., company said it expects about $25 million in one-time costs connected to the scotched sale.

Hillshire Brands Co. agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May. But Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride went after Hillshire two weeks later, and on June 9, Hillshire accepted Tyson’s $7.75 billion offer.

Associated Press