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By The Numbers

The fight for Hillshire, as measured in hot dogs

Gina Martinez May 29, 2014

Everyone wants a bite of the hot dog.

On Tuesday, chicken producer Pilgrim’s Pride began the bidding war for Hillshire Brands with an offer equivalent to $6.4 billion. Hillshire is a brand best-known for their Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs. Tyson Foods, another meatpacking distributor, relished the opportunity to beat them on Thursday with their own offering of $6.1 billion.

What I wanted to know: What are they offering in… meat? How many hot dogs and whole chickens could Tyson foods buy with that $6.1 billion?

Approx. number of Ballpark Hot Dogs:

9,779,559,118

 

Approx. number of Tyson Family Roaster Chickens: 

985,460,420

 

Tyson’s going to need to purchase another 300 million hot dogs if they want to match the Pilgrim’s Pride deal. 

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