(Rosalyn Davis)

Reynolds, Lorillard Must Sell Salem, Kool, Maverick & Winston Brands To Gain Approval Of $27.4B Mega-Cigarette Merger

You may recall that last July the No. 2 and No. 3 cigarette brands in the country announced they were planning to go all in on a $27.4 billion merger. This week the two companies received the blessing from federal regulators, as long as they divest four cigarette brands to a UK-based company. [More]

Hormel Gobbling Up Applegate Farms For $775M

Hormel Gobbling Up Applegate Farms For $775M

In a sign of the times, Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam, is trying for that natural foods feeling and has decided that buying Applegate Farms for $775 million is the way to achieve it. [More]

Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4 Billion To Create Video Content, Ad-Sharing Mega-Company

Verizon Buys AOL For $4.4 Billion To Create Video Content, Ad-Sharing Mega-Company

Old tech and new tech are coming together in a massive $4.4 billion deal, with mobile service powerhouse Verizon Communications buying the brand of the ’90s AOL — a deal that gives the country’s largest mobile phone operator a stronger foothold in the race to create ad-content that targets customers as they move from desktops to mobile devices. [More]

Netflix To FCC: You Should Block The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Unless Conditions Are Added

Netflix To FCC: You Should Block The AT&T/DirecTV Merger Unless Conditions Are Added


AT&T and DirecTV announced their big corporate betrothal the better part of a year ago. The planned merger between the two companies has, comparatively speaking, flown under the radar as so much time and attention fell to the now-collapsed Comcast/TWC plans. But now that the 30-million ton elephant has left the merger room, all eyes are swiveling back to the other looming giant. [More]

(Don Buciak II)

FTC Challenges Sysco Acquisition Of US Foods

Sysco’s in-person meetings with the Federal Trade Commission didn’t have the desired effect. The foodservice supply giant wanted approval for its planned acquisition of competitor U.S. Foods, but the FTC thinks that Sysco wants to gobble up too much of the market. The commissioners voted 3-2 to block the merger. [More]

(Don Buciak II)

Sysco Meets With FTC Over Foodservice Voltron Proposal

Way back in 2013, we shared the news that Sysco, the country’s biggest supplier to restaurants and other food-service facilities, wanted to acquire its next-biggest competitor, US Foods. Yet the Federal Trade Commission still hasn’t come to a decision about that proposal. FTC officials don’t agree on the question of whether Sysco plans to sell enough of its business to make sure the restaurant supply business stays competitive. [More]

Staples Finally Proposes To Office Depot With $6.3 Billion Merger Deal

Staples Finally Proposes To Office Depot With $6.3 Billion Merger Deal

A day after it was reported that Staples and Office Depot had entered into advanced talks about a merger, it appears one of the companies popped the big question. Staples will buy Office Depot for $6.3 billion in cash and stock in a deal to bring the No. 1 and No. 2 office supply chains together to do battle with big box stores and online retailers. [More]

(David Transier)

Is Consolidation On The Horizon For Budget Airlines?

In recent years, the airline industry has undergone a rather stark transformation through a series of mega-mergers between legacy carriers. Still, one group has been left relatively untouched: budget carriers. But the Chairman of the Board for Frontier Airlines sees a future with fewer bottom-dollar airline brands. [More]

(Steve Depolo)

Family Dollar Urges Shareholders To Take Dollar Tree Deal, Call Proposal A “Virtual Certainty”

Just weeks after Family Dollar appeared to show a change of heart in the months-long dollar store soap opera, officials with the company are once again pushing for approval of a deal with smaller rival Dollar Tree despite a heftier bid by Dollar General. [More]

(Mark Clifton)

Dollar General Extends Deadline For Family Dollar Offer, Hopes Shareholders Finally Give In To Advances

The drama that is the dollar store wars doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, with Dollar General extending the life of its latest deal to buy Family Dollar out from under Dollar Tree. [More]

(JeepersMedia)

Burger King & Tim Hortons Get One Step Closer To The Altar With Canadian Watchdog’s Approval

Before those two crazy kids Burger King and Tim Hortons can start planning their wedding, they need to get the blessing of their parent nations’ respective antitrust regulators. Bringing the happy couple one step closer to walking down that aisle is Canada’s antitrust watchdog, which just gave the nuptials the go-ahead today. [More]

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

Things Are Getting Hostile In The Dollar Wars: Dollar General Takes Family Dollar Bid To Shareholders

You’d think after two rejections and the proverbial cold shoulder Dollar General would pick up its dignity and go back to hawking dollar times. But no, the dollar store giant just won’t give up on its dream of making dollar love with Family Dollar; this time its taking the hostile route and bringing its thick wallet directly to the smaller store’s shareholders. [More]

1-800-Flowers Will Shell Out $143M To Buy Harry & David

1-800-Flowers Will Shell Out $143M To Buy Harry & David

Love is in the air, and in this case the couple-to-be has plenty of gift options to choose from to celebrate the occasion — 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. says it’ll be buying Harry & David for $143 million in cash, in an effort to take on the gift-giving world and fill it with its wares. [More]

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Dollar General Ups Bid For Family Dollar, Threatens To Take Quest For Merger Straight To Shareholders

Less than a week after Dollar General officials said they weren’t giving up on a possible relationship with Family Dollar, the No. 1 dollar store made another attempt to woo its target by flashing a huge wad of cash – this time in a much more aggressive manner. [More]

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

Like A Bad Date, Dollar General Just Won’t Give Up Its Dream Of Happily Ever After With Family Dollar

If at first you don’t succeed try, try again. That’s the stance Dollar General appears to be taking as it continues to court a deal to acquire Family Dollar after being spurned by the smaller dollar store chain last week. [More]

(Quadel)

It’s Official: Burger King To Merge With Tim Hortons In $11B Deal

Young love! It happens so fast. It feels like only yesterday, after all, that we first noticed Burger King and Tim Hortons were holding hands. And now the new couple have made it official — they’ll be merging to create one of the largest fast food companies out there. [More]

(JeepersMedia)

Burger King Mulling Idea Of Merging With Canadian Coffee Chain Tim Hortons

Love is in the air this bright Monday morning, and it smells like Whoppers and coffee: Burger King and Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons have confirmed that they’re courting the idea of a merger, sending pulses racing, hearts soaring and the stock market into palpitations. Ah, young merger-related love. [More]

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Family Dollar Says “No Thanks” To Deep-Pocketed Suitor Dollar General’s Takeover Attempt

Well, we didn’t exactly see this one coming: Family Dollar has rejected the advances of potential suitor Dollar General and its $9.7 billion bid to buy the smaller dollar store. [More]