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Over 1,100 food and drink acquisitions in 2021

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Over 1,100 food and drink acquisitions in 2021

Over 1,100 food and drink acquisitions in 2021
January 27
08:46 2022
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2021 was another record year for food and drink industry transactions, with 1,116 registered on the Zenith Global mergers and acquisitions database, an average of 21 each week. The total is 34% more than in 2020 and 79% higher than 5 years ago. The number has risen every year since a dip in 2013. Funding rounds for early stage businesses have become an increasingly important element.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS 2016-21

Source: Zenith Global

The most active sectors were ingredients on 97, packaging on 96, soft drinks on 56 and dairy on 54.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS BY SECTOR 2020-21

Source: Zenith Global

The top 15 sectors saw some significant changes in 2021. Packaging, plant-based and vertical farming deals more than doubled, with plant-based rising 9 places to the top 5. Meat-free entered the top 10, outpacing meat.

Vertical farming, food delivery and CBD moved up to the top 15, while services, water drinks and beer dropped out.

The combination of plant-based (48), meat-free (41), cell-based (24), dairy-free (20), alcohol-free (10) and plant-based seafood (5) would make free-from by far the biggest category overall on 148, 13% of the total. Water drinks (23) and water dispense (18), when taken together at 41, would come 8th.

5 categories had declared transaction values in excess of $10 billion. These were packaging, food delivery, ingredients, plant-based and dairy.

8 more categories exceeded $5 billion – fresh produce, nutrition, meat, soft drinks, snacks, equipment, water drinks and tea.

Meat-free surpassed $2 billion, while vertical farming and cell-based both exceeded $1 billion.

Biggest buyers and sellers in 2021

Archer Daniels Midland, Berlin Packaging, Bimbo, Culligan, Heineken, JBS, Nestlé, Orkla, Pernod Ricard, Primo and Waterlogic were the most acquisitive companies in 2021, according to the Zenith Global food and drink transactions database, with each responsible for 5 or more takeovers. Azelis, Brenntag, Diageo, Kerry, Oterra and Saputo all made 4 purchases. Aryzta, Coca-Cola, Danone and Ebro Foods each agreed 3. GrubMarket concluded 3 funding rounds.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK TRANSACTIONS BY COUNTRY 2020-21

Source: Zenith Global

Denmark, France and Ireland were the biggest net buyers (+9), followed by the Netherlands (+6) and Austria (+5). The United Kingdom was the main net seller (-40), followed by the United States (-18), Australia (-17), Spain (-15), China (-12), Israel (-9) and India (-8).

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