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Blue Buffalo Joins General Mills

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General Mills is returning to the pet business, saying it will buy high-end pet food maker Blue Buffalo for $8 billion.

General Mills Inc. will pay $40 per Blue Buffalo share. That's a 17 percent premium to the pet food company's Thursday closing price of $34.12. Blue Buffalo makes natural foods and treats for dogs and cats. Its Blue brand had approximately $1.28 billion in net sales in fiscal 2017. Minneapolis-based General Mills said once the transaction closes, Blue Buffalo will be run as a new pet operating segment. Blue Buffalo is expected to keep its Wilton, Connecticut headquarters. The deal is targeted to close by the end of General Mills' fiscal year 2018.

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