By Dan Primack
January 3, 2013

Hormel Foods Corp. (NYSE: HRL) has agreed to buy the Skippy peanut butter brand from Unilever PLC (LSE: ULVR) for $700 million.

Aker Solution, a listed Norwegian oil services company, has agreed to acquire Separation Specialists Inc., a Shafter, Calif.-based provider of products for oil and water separation. No financial terms were disclosed.

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired id8 Group R2 Studios Inc., a home media and automation technology startup formed by former Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian, according to Dow Jones. No financial terms were disclosed.

NCR Corp. (NYSE: NCR) has acquired uGenius Technology Inc., a Sandy, Utah-based provider of video banking software. No financial terms were disclosed.

Alta Communications has sold Boston-based mobile data and research firm Yankee Group to The 451 Group for an undisclosed amount.

Al Jazeera has agreed to acquire cable television network Current TV from shareholders like Al Gore, Blumberg Capital and Yucaipa Cos. No financial terms were disclosed, but the deal is reported to be worth between $400 million and $500 million.

Goode Partners has agreed to sell women’s fashion boutique chain Intermix to Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) for approximately $130 million, according to the WSJ.

Navis Capital Partners and Rabo Capital have told Thai duck processor Bangkok Ranch to a consortium led by company co-founders Joseph Suchaovanich and Gertjan Tomassen for approximately $188 million.

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