By Evan Applegate



China Mengniu Dairy, the country’s largest dairy producer, offered $1.6 billion for baby formula maker Yashili International Holdings. Beijing is encouraging consolidation in China’s food industry to better monitor food safety; Mengniu was one of 22 companies found to have sold tainted dairy products in 2008, when an investigation into the deaths of six infants uncovered melamine contamination in milk powder.


Private equity firm BC Partners agreed to pay $4.4 billion for Germany’s Springer Science & Business Media, which publishes more than 2,000 scientific journals.


Forest products company Weyerhaeuser will buy Longview Timber for $2.65 billion, gaining 645,000 acres of woodland in the Pacific Northwest.


Cinven, a buyout firm, will purchase Rockwood Holdings’ German ceramics unit CeramTec for $2 billion. After the sale, Rockwood will focus on its metals business.


Cheung Kong Holdings, controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing, led a consortium of investors to buy Dutch waste processor AVR-Afvalverwerking for $1.3 billion.


Aragon Pharmaceuticals sold a drug development unit to Johnson & Johnson for $650 million, adding a prostate cancer treatment to J&J’s portfolio.


Agrokor bought a majority stake in Slovenian grocer Mercator Poslovni Sistem for $320 million. The merger will create Eastern Europe’s biggest retailer.


Private equity firm Rhône Capital paid $93 million for the European and Israeli business units of water cooler supplier Eden Springs.


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