Rise in food and drink acquisitions
Sources: bevblog.net, Zenith Global
2018 was another record year for food and drink industry transactions, with 777 registered in the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database, an average of 15 each week.
The total is 48 more than in 2017 and 63% higher than five years ago. The number has increased every year since a dip in 2013.
The most active sectors were soft drinks on 65, ingredients on 62, dairy on 57, then packaging on 47. Wine on 37 was ahead of spirits on 29 and beer on 23.
The biggest increases were for services (+25) and confectionery (+13). Many of the main categories saw declines, led by beer (-17) and dairy (-15).