Steven J. Lykken was named chief operating officer of Applegate Farms, LLC.  Eldon O. Quam was named CFO.

European grocery chains Ahold NV and Delhaize Group agreed to a merger valued at $29 billion.

JBS USA Pork has purchased Cargill’s US-based pork business for $1.45 billion.

Ecolab Inc. has acquired controlling interest in Jianghai Environmental Protection Co. Ltd.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. welcomed Kim Olson as chief communications officer.

Duravant has acquired Mespack.

Edible Arrangements International named Tony DiPippa as CFO.

Power Equipment Company welcomed Patrick Gallen as director of business development and Martha McNicholas as international sales manager.

Michigan Manufacturing International named Praburaman Rengaramanujam as global quality manager.

Volkmann completed expansion of its US headquarters located in Bristol, PA, adding a new laboratory to test vacuum conveying powders and small particles.

Donaldson Company, Inc. acquired a majority stake in iFIL USA, LLC.

NETZSCH Trockenmahltechnik GmbH has expanded its test center in Hanau to include a food lab.

Golden County Foods has been acquired by Monogram Appetizers.

North Castle Partners acquired a controlling interest in Sprout Organic Foods, Inc.

Shick USA hired Blake Day as CFO.

Archer Daniels Midland Company and Quality Liquid Feeds, Inc. entered into a partnership to produce liquid feed supplements.

Permira completed its acquisition of Medora Snacks, LLC and Ideal Snacks Holding Corporation.

Jon Peters was appointed president of Beneo, Inc.

Emerson Process Management has acquired the Norwegian company Yggdrasil.

Mondelez International and D.E. Master Blenders 1753 have completed a merger.

Bacardi acquired Banks Rum.

Bacardi acquired Leblon Holdings LLC.

Pierre Cayer was appointed vice-president of sales and market development for Les Serres Sagami.

Genesis Today, Inc. named William Meissner CEO.

M.G. Newell hired Greg Coil as director of engineering for its Greensboro, NC division.

Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group acquired the MasoSine sinusoidal pump manufacturing and distribution business from PRIMIX Corporation in Japan for approximately $4.3 million.

Munters AB acquired HB Group.

ConAgra Foods and JANA Partners LLC appointed Bradley A. Alford and Timothy R. McLevish to the ConAgra Foods board of directors.

Royal Cup, Inc. acquired Teasy Teas LLC.

Ingredion Incorporated has agreed to acquire Kerr Concentrates, Inc.

 Peacock Engineering Company has acquired L&L Foods.