In this Monday, May 22, 2017, photo, cans of Campbell's soup are displayed at a supermarket in Englewood, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Campbell Soup Co. and Hershey Co. Monday unveiled deals totaling nearly $6 billion to buy healthy packaged snack makers, the latest example of big U.S. food companies trying to cater to an increasing American preference for healthy foods.Snyder's-Lance, the No. 5 U.S. healthy savory snack maker, also owns brands such as Eatsmart veggie snacks.The savory healthy snacks market is estimated to be $8.95 billion in the United States, having gained nearly 15 percent over the past five years, according to data from Euromonitor International.Melding Campbell and Snyder's-Lance's roughly $2 billion U.S. snack portfolios will radically cut costs and add complementary salty snacks to round out Campbell's successful Pepperidge brand and Lance's position as a big national distributor of salty snacks, Feeney said.
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