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1. Kraft shareholders approve merger with Heinz

GMA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Kraft Foods Group shareholders voted Wednesday to approve a merger of the company with H.J. Heinz Co. Once the merger is complete, a new executive team will report to CEO Bernardo Hees, the majority of whom come from Heinz. Paulo Basillio, who joined Heinz as CFO in 2013, will retain his role as finance chief at Kraft Heinz Co. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (07/01) (free registration) (06/30)

2. Supply chain shakeup expected following close of Kraft-Heinz deal

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (06/28)

3. ConAgra to exit private-label with divestment of Ralcorp

GMA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

As part of the new strategy under new CEO Sean Connolly, ConAgra will divest the private-label Ralcorp Holdings business it acquired in 2013. The company may sell other packaged goods businesses and acquire more natural, gourmet and premium brands, Connolly said Tuesday. "We have come to the conclusion that [ConAgra's private-label business] will be more valuable outside of ConAgra," he said. (free registration) (06/30) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/30)

4. Kraft Heinz won't have a marketer on senior leadership team

GMA SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Kraft Heinz Co. will not have a marketing position among its senior leadership team, according to an announcement. Kraft's Nina Barton will have the top marketing role as senior vice president for marketing innovation, research and development, and will report to George Zoghbi, chief operating officer for U.S. commercial businesses. Marketing for the company, whose merger is still pending, will be "led by the business units as it is today," a spokesman said. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (06/29)

5. Fancy Food Show dominated by natural, healthy foods

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Healthy foods with simple, natural ingredients are dominating the Summer Fancy Food Show this week, as manufacturers offer new products to fulfill a growing consumer demand that generated a record $109 billion in sales for specialty foods in 2014. Exhibitors at this year's event include Goodness Grainless gluten-free and vegan granola, unsweetened Sound Sparkling Tea, honey waters from Bee's Water, artisan pickles from Backyard Brine and meatless meals from Sweet Basil. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Food & Beverage (06/29)

6. Sysco calls off US Foods deal

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Sysco is canceling its planned purchase of rival US Foods following a federal judge's decision to grant the Federal Trade Commission's request to block the deal, the company announced Monday. Sysco will be required to pay $300 million in penalties to US Foods, and the company will "continue to look for strategic acquisitions," Chief Executive Bill DeLaney said. USA Today (06/29) The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/29) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/30)

7. Nestle files patent for process to make light puffed snacks

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

To meet the needs of consumers who desire lighter snacks, Nestle has filed a patent for a method that combines cold extrusion and oven baking to make puffed snacks that are resistant to breakage. The process allows Nestle to easily upgrade the standard equipment it has in place. (France) (06/29)

8. Activist investor Jana Partners seeks 3 board seats at ConAgra

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/28)

9. Kellogg to debut 40 products with nutrition, convenience in mind

GMA SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Battle Creek Enquirer (Mich.) (tiered subscription model) (06/29)

10. JBS subsidiary to buy Cargill pork business for $1.45B

GMA SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Brazilian meatpacker JBS' U.S. subsidiary Swift Pork has agreed to buy Cargill's U.S. pork business for $1.45 billion, in what JBS President Martin Dooley called a "strategic investment" in the company's global expansion. The deal includes processing plants, feed mills and hog farms in six states. Reuters (07/02) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (07/01)

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