Australia in top five of biggest sellers of food & bev businesses in 2019

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 five or more takeovers.  Archer Daniels Midland, Bimbo, Diageo, Emmi, JBS and Refresco all made four purchases.

Campbell Soup was the only company to agree five or more sales, followed by Fonterra on four, then Coca-Cola, Hain Celestial and Nestlé on three.

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

RankCountry20182019
Top buyers
1United States312305
2United Kingdom9493
3France3951
4Spain2935
5Canada2625
Top sellers
1United States329328
2United Kingdom116130
3=Spain3441
France2441
5Australia2225

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).