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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

If you’re in the market for a barrel of processed cheese, a short window in late October and early November would have been the time to buy.

The big picture: Schreiber Foods, a Wisconsin dairy, suffered a cyberattack that shut its operations for several days late last month, the Wisconsin State Farmer reported.

  • Barrels of cheese, which Schreiber buys and then turns into slices, piled up when the company temporarily stopped buying them — causing a glut that sent prices lower, Bloomberg reported.

Why it matters: Cyberattacks are hitting U.S. companies more frequently, targeting critical energy and IT infrastructure — with fallout across all industries.

  • Spot prices for 500-pound barrels of Wisconsin white cheddar had plunged about 19% by the time they hit bottom, according to FactSet.

Go deeper: U.S. economy adds 531,000 jobs in huge hiring rebound

Go deeper

Trying out Aldi's Thanksgiving specialty items

Cranberry white cheddar cheese. Photo: Taylor Allen/Axios

I live a short walk away from Aldi, and once I heard about the store's new Thanksgiving items, I knew I had to give them a try.

What's new: Mama Cozzi's green bean casserole pizza and cranberry white cheddar cheese.

  • Full disclosure: My expectations weren't high for either of these.

The verdict: The cranberry white cheddar cheese was pretty great. While it sounds like a natural pairing, having cranberries already infused in cheese seemed a bit odd to me.

  • But I was pleasantly surprised. The cranberry isn't overpowering, but rather adds a delightful sweetness.

Yes, but: The green bean casserole pizza was just... decent.

  • Toasted onions, melty cheese and green beans go pretty well together. But I think it could've been a little lighter on the creamy sauce.

Heads up: If you want to try these for yourself, visit your local Aldi soon.

  • The grocery chain is clearing out its Thanksgiving specials to prepare for the winter holiday season.

California father and son accused of "reckless arson" in Calder Fire

Firefighters at the Caldor Fire along Highway 89 west of Lake Tahoe, California, in September. Photo: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California officials said they arrested a father and son Wednesday on suspicion of starting the Caldor Fire, which threatened the Lake Tahoe area as it burned for over two months earlier this year. They deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: The wildfire was the 15th-biggest ever recorded in California, razing more than 1,000 structures, forcing thousands to evacuate and injuring five people as it burned across nearly 222,000 acres of land in El Dorado, Amador and Alpine counties.

New Zealand aims to create smoke-free generation with tobacco ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at a December news conference in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand officials announced Thursday legislative plans to outlaw smoking by making it illegal to sell or supply tobacco products to the next generation as part of a lifetime ban.

Why it matters: "People aged 14 when the law comes into effect will never be able to legally purchase tobacco," Associate Health Minister Ayesha Verrall said in a statement announcing the proposed law, part of the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.