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Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

Kraft Heinz drops its bid for Unilever
Kraft Heinz, which makes ketchup and other packaged foods, has dropped its offer to buy Unilever.
(Toby Talbot / Associated Press)

Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143-billion offer to buy Unilever, the companies announced Sunday in a joint news release.

Unilever — which has a head office in London and makes mayonnaise, tea and seasonings — earlier had spurned the offer, saying the price was too low.

Despite rejection, Kraft Heinz said last week it was still interested in the deal.

Analysts say Kraft Heinz — which makes ketchup, cheese and lunch meat and is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh — is still in the market for acquisitions.

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The deal would have brought together Kraft Heinz brands such as Oscar Mayer, Jell-O and Velveeta and Unilever’s Hellman’s, Lipton and Knorr. The combined company would have rivaled Nestle as the world’s biggest packaged food maker by sales.


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