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Kraft and Perdigao deny any acquisition

Global food giant Kraft Foods and one of the largest food companies in Latin America, Perdigao SA, have both denied a report stating that Kraft is in talks to acquire the Brazilian company.

In a statement, Kraft said: "We don't typically comment on market rumours, but since these reports come at the same time as the announcement that Kraft intends to access the debt capital markets, we can confirm that we are not in talks to buy Brazilian food maker Perdigao SA."

Rumours began last week, after a local Brazilian newspaper Valor Economico stated that the two companies were holding "amicable" talks.

Perdigao management, in a statement filed with the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission, denied there had been talks with Kraft. It said it had been "surprised" by the Valor Economico report and it wasn't aware of talks over any bid.

Perdigao is currently one of the largest food companies in Latin America, with estimated gross revenues of 7.2b Reals (€2.75b). Its core business lies in refrigerated and frozen products, with production focused pig slaughter and poultry, the processing of pig and poultry derivatives.

Kraft sells meat products as well as products containing meat, but is better known for ready-made meals and processed foods.

Related websites:

• Perdigao

• Kraft Foods

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