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June 8 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc has prevailed over Pilgrim's Pride Corp in a bidding war for Jimmy Dean sausage maker Hillshire Brands Co, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The amount of Tyson's bid could not be immediately learned.
Pilgrim's Pride, which is majority owned by Brazilian meat processing company JBS S.A., had offered $55 per share for Hillshire which valued the company at $7.7 billion including debt.
Tyson had earlier offered $50 per share which valued Hillshire at $6.8 billion, including $500 million in debt.
The offers from Tyson and Pilgrim's Pride came after Hillshire said last month it had planned to buy Pinnacle Foods Inc, the maker of Birds Eye frozen vegetables, in a deal valued at $4.3 billion, excluding debt.
The two offers required Hillshire to terminate its deal with Pinnacle.
Bloomberg News earlier reported that Tyson had beat out Pilgrim's Pride.
Hillshire, Pilgrim's Pride and Tyson could not be immediately reached for comment.
(Reporting by Olivia Oran; Editing by Nick Zieminski)