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Despite activist pressure, Bob Evans won't spin off BEF Foods unit

Restaurant chain is still considering sale-lease back option. Continue reading

For ConAgra, a breakup would rationalize an oddly mixed pantry

Industry watchers suggest the slow-growing food giant should simplify its structure by splitting its private label business from its branded operations. Continue reading

Hain Celestial eyes deals for personal care, color cosmetics businesses

The maker of natural and organic food and consumer products wants to double the size of its personal care products portfolio to up to $400 million in sales. Continue reading

Kraft, P&G and Clorox weigh potential sales of unsavory brands

The names likely to end up in acquirers' shopping carts include Stove Top, Tang and Hidden Valley. Continue reading

EC launches in-depth probes of GE/Alstom, Cargill/ADM deals

Regulators are concerned that GE's $12.9 billion agreement will leave only Siemens as a significant competitor in the European heavy-duty gas turbine market. Continue reading

For Zynga and its shareholders, this year won't be just fun and games

CEO Don Mattrick prepares investors for a rough first-half of 2015, but says that a new slate of titles will carry the company later in 2015. Continue reading

Five food processing giants seeking acquisition targets among healthy brands

A plethora of bidders will keep multiples high and activity simmering throughout much of the year. Continue reading

Ball Corp. agrees to pay $8.3B for U.K. drink can maker Rexam

The companies anticipate a long wait for regulatory clearances, reflecting what will likely be tough antitrust reviews. Continue reading

The small world of online travel agencies

As it buys Orbitz, Expedia points to a larger field beyond the Internet agencies. Continue reading

Activist Investing: Impact on M&A

Armed with more than $100 billion in capital and a tenacity to match, activist money managers have become an investment juggernaut. Continue reading

Why Aeropostale's good news isn't nearly good enough

The teen apparel retailer's improved outlook pushed its shares significantly higher, but the move doesn't tell the whole story. The company is still burning cash and its balance sheet may not be strong enough to support its turnaround effort. Continue reading

Expedia expands its Orbitz with $1.6B deal

The top U.S. travel booking site acquires another rival on the heels of deals for, Continue reading

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