I really did not keep up with various news feeds and blasts.
One thing I missed: an article about tree fruit in a drought being smaller and sweeter. Well, that was a no brainer.
Another few articles touched on the subject of Brazil now being the country second in food exports. Has anybody been paying attention? That led me to an article about Brazil-based JBS - now the world's largest food company. (And I probably wouldn't have heard of them even if I did eat meat!)
JBS USA, which is not publicly traded, has been buying up firms like Swift, and attempting to buy up others, like Hillshire.
Here's a map of their presence: