LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever <ULVR.L><UNc.AS> is vying with U.S. canned meat producer Hormel Foods Corp <HRL.N> to buy the foods division of British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing sources.

Unilever and Hormel are front-runners in a deal that is likely to top 2.2 billion pounds ($2.9 billion), the unidentified sources told the Sunday Times.

Earlier this month Reckitt <RB.L>, which owns the French's mustard brand, trimmed its sales forecasts, becoming one of the first companies to put a cost on a global cyber attack in June that disrupted its manufacturing and distribution.

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(Reporting by Andy Bruce)