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Mergers & Acquisitions – Biggest Buyers and Sellers in 2019

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Mergers & Acquisitions – Biggest Buyers and Sellers in 2019

Mergers & Acquisitions – Biggest Buyers and Sellers in 2019
January 21
12:39 2020

Orkla, Pernod Ricard, Nestlé, Asahi, PepsiCo, Lactalis, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Azelis, Berlin Packaging, Kirin and Waterlogic were the most acquisitive companies of 2019, according to the bevblog.net food and drink transactions database, with each responsible for 5 or more takeovers. Archer Daniels Midland, Bimbo, Diageo, Emmi, JBS and Refresco all made 4 purchases.

Campbell Soup was the only company to agree 5 or more sales, followed by Fonterra on 4, then Coca-Cola, Hain Celestial and Nestlé on 3. A total of 1,290 companies were involved across 59 countries, with the United States and United Kingdom most prominent overall.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK TRANSACTIONS BY COUNTRY 2018-19

Rank Country 2018 2019
Top buyers
1 United States 312 305
2 United Kingdom 94 93
3 France 39 51
4 Spain 29 35
5 Canada 26 25
Top sellers
1 United States 329 328
2 United Kingdom 116 130
3= Spain 34 41
France 24 41
5 Australia 22 25

Source: Zenith Global

Japan was the biggest net buyer (+18), followed by France (+10), then Belgium and Norway (+9 each). The United Kingdom was the main net seller (-37), followed by the United States (-23), Australia (-16) and Brazil (-11).

Link to Zenith Global’s mergers and acquisitions database


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