don't think it would get past the stockholders whose control lies in the Hormel Foundation, current & retired employee retirement plans,and employee profit sharing & 401K plans. i am sure the stockholders know what can happen when a suitor comes in from the outside and can run a business outside their industry into the ground. prime example: phillip morris buyout of oscar mayer. OM is almost invisible except in the store case as bacon and weiners. PM ruined that company.