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  • May 27- Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp said it offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co for $5.52 billion, a deal that could add pork and beef products such as Jimmy Dean sausages and Hillshire lunch meats to its portfolio.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. *Cisco shares up on Deutsche Bank upgrade, price target hike. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday with the S&P 500 hitting a fresh record high supported by merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts at the European Central Bank stoked bids for equities.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. *Cisco shares up on Deutsche Bank upgrade, price target hike. *Aeropostale jumps after it secures $150 mln credit facility.

  • May 27- Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the world's second largest chicken producer, said it offered to buy packaged food company Hillshire Brands Co in a $6.4 billion deal as it looks to add pork and beef products to its portfolio.

  • US STOCKS-Futures up on ECB hopes, merger activity Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Hillshire Brands shares jump after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, ahead of a data-heavy session, as expectations for rates cuts by the European Central Bank stoked bids for equities even as the benchmark S&P 500 index closed at a record on Friday.

  • May 27- Poultry producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp said it offered to buy packaged food company Hillshire Brands Co in a deal valued at $6.4 billion.

  • Summer costs rising: Food & gas     Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    Inside the rising cost of food and gas this summer, with CNBC's Jane Wells and Jackie DeAngelis.

  • Two firms recall walnuts, hummus on listeria scare Friday, 23 May 2014 | 2:38 PM ET
    Walnuts by Sherman Produce recalled due to possible health risk.

    Two companies issued voluntary recalls of hummus dips and walnuts sold at major retailers after listeria was detected in samplings of the products.

  • SYDNEY, May 23- Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, the world's No. 2 wine company, denied it was talks to be acquired by China's Bright Food Group Co Ltd, the latest potential suitor named in a string of media reports that have sent its share price surging.

  • McDonald's demonstrators arrested     Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 1:11 PM ET

    More than 100 protesters were arrested at McDonald's headquarters. CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports on the highlights from the company's annual shareholder meeting.

  • McDonald's shareholders OK CEO pay amid protests Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 10:41 AM ET
    McDonald's employees protesting for a higher minimum wage outside the McDonald's annual shareholder's meeting in Oak Brook, IL.

    McDonald's shareholders approved an advisory measure on exec pay at the chain, where CEO Don Thompson took home compensation of $9.5 million in 2013.

  • *Mizkan Group looks to counter slowing domestic growth. LONDON, May 22- Mizkan Group has agreed to buy Unilever's Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands for $2.15 billion, continuing a trend for Japanese consumer goods companies diversifying through Western assets.

  • *Mizkan Group looks to counter slowing domestic growth. LONDON, May 22- Mizkan Group has agreed to buy Unilever's Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands for $2.15 billion, continuing a trend for Japanese consumer goods companies diversifying through Western assets.

  • SHANGHAI/ TEL AVIV May 22- China's Bright Food Group Co Ltd has struck a deal to buy control of Israel's largest food company, gaining new products and technology as it chases rivals that have overtaken it in China's fast-growing cheese and dairy markets.

  • HONG KONG, May 22- China's No.2 e-commerce company, JD.com Inc., awarded CEO and founder Richard Liu a one-off share-based bonus of $591 million as the company prepared for its U.S.

  • SHANGHAI/ TEL AVIV May 22- China's Bright Food Group Co Ltd has struck a deal to buy control of Israel's largest food company, gaining new products and technology as it chases rivals that have overtaken it in China's fast-growing cheese and dairy markets.

  • JD.com CEO Liu awarded $591 mln share bonus ahead of IPO Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 11:43 PM ET

    HONG KONG, May 22- China's No.2 e-commerce company, JD.com Inc., awarded CEO and founder Richard Liu a one-off bonus as the company prepared for its U.S. The deal was priced at $19 per share, above the $16 to $18 per share marketing range for the IPO.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- A Georgia food products firm has recalled 23,250 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast and tender products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said on Wednesday.

  • May 21- Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

  • May 21- An Iowa-based egg producer and two of its executives are facing federal criminal charges in connection with a 2010 salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs in the United States, according to federal court documents filed Wednesday.