The Washington Post

Cargill and Continenta­l Grain

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said on Friday that they had closed their deal to buy Sanderson Farms, the nation’s third-largest chicken producer, in a deal worth some $4.53 billion. Under the deal, which was announced last August, Sanderson is being combined with Continenta­l Grain subsidiary Wayne Farms. The Justice Department, which had been investigat­ing the deal for antitrust concerns, declined to comment.

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