Opinion from global food and drink experts, Zenith Global
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2016 was another record year for food and drink industry transactions, with 614 registered in the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database, an average of almost 12 each week.

The total is 18 more than in 2015 and 32% higher than five years ago.  The number has increased each year apart from a dip in 2013.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS 2011-16

Global-Food-and-drink-acquisitions-2011-16

Sources: bevblog.net, Zenith Global

The most active sectors were soft drinks on 74, packaging on 64, dairy on 58 and ingredients on 51.  Wine on 49 was ahead of spirits on 41 and beer on 37.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS BY SECTOR 2015-16

Global-food-drink-acquisitions-by-sector-2015-16

Sources: bevblog.net, Zenith Global

Soft drinks deals increased by 60% (+28), with spirits up 46% (+13) and dairy up 41% (+17), while beer activity dropped by 34% (-19).  Bakery and snacks takeovers more than doubled.  

Link to database

 

 

2016 was another record year for food and drink industry transactions, with 614 registered in the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database, an average of almost 12 each week.

The total is 18 more than in 2015 and 32% higher than five years ago.  The number has increased each year apart from a dip in 2013.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS 2011-16

Global-Food-and-drink-acquisitions-2011-16

Sources: bevblog.net, Zenith Global

The most active sectors were soft drinks on 74, packaging on 64, dairy on 58 and ingredients on 51.  Wine on 49 was ahead of spirits on 41 and beer on 37.

GLOBAL FOOD AND DRINK ACQUISITIONS BY SECTOR 2015-16

Global-food-drink-acquisitions-by-sector-2015-16

Sources: bevblog.net, Zenith Global

Soft drinks deals increased by 60% (+28), with spirits up 46% (+13) and dairy up 41% (+17), while beer activity dropped by 34% (-19).  Bakery and snacks takeovers more than doubled.  

Link to database

 

Online retailers top rankings

January 12th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

How the retailer rankings have changed.

According to the BrandZ Top 25 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands 2016/17, Walmart with annual sales of $434 billion has been overtaken by Alibaba with sales of $455 billion.  No other retailers had revenue above $120 billion, though 4 more achieved over $100 billion – Carrefour, Costco, Amazon and Kroger. 

Amazon, with sales of $104 billion, is now reckoned to be the most valuable retail brand.

Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands 2016/17

Rank Retail Brand

Value in $ billion

1 Amazon

99.0

2 Alibaba

49.3

3 The Home Depot

36.4

4 Walmart

27.3

5 Ikea

18.1

6 Costco

14.5

7 Lowe’s

13.0

8 Aldi

12.1

9 CVS

12.1

10 Ebay

11.5

The top 10 include 7 based in the United States and 3 online.

 

Online retailers top rankings

January 12th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

How the retailer rankings have changed.

According to the BrandZ Top 25 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands 2016/17, Walmart with annual sales of $434 billion has been overtaken by Alibaba with sales of $455 billion.  No other retailers had revenue above $120 billion, though 4 more achieved over $100 billion – Carrefour, Costco, Amazon and Kroger. 

Amazon, with sales of $104 billion, is now reckoned to be the most valuable retail brand.

Top 10 Most Valuable Retail Brands 2016/17

Rank Retail Brand

Value in $ billion

1 Amazon

99.0

2 Alibaba

49.3

3 The Home Depot

36.4

4 Walmart

27.3

5 Ikea

18.1

6 Costco

14.5

7 Lowe’s

13.0

8 Aldi

12.1

9 CVS

12.1

10 Ebay

11.5

The top 10 include 7 based in the United States and 3 online.

 

57 acquisitions in December

January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

2016 ended with the usual flurry of transactions. 57 food and drink deals were recorded on the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database in December.

Less common was the number of larger purchases, with 7 over $500 million, including 5 in excess of $1,000 million:

• €7,300 million for Japan’s Asahi to buy the former SABMiller beer operations in East Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

• $5,500 million for Switzerland’s Lonza to acquire US based Capsugel in biopharmaceuticals from the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts investment group.

• $3,150 million for Coca-Cola to purchase 54.5% of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

• $1,130 million for Canada’s CCL Industries to take over UK-based Innovia in packaging from the Smithfield private equity business.

• $1,075 million for Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods to win Bellisio Foods in the United States.

14 of the 57 total were in alcohol, 8 in soft drinks, 7 in services, 5 in ingredients and 4 in dairy.

32 were international, 25 within national borders.

23 featured the United States, 12 the United Kingdom, 9 France, 7 Switzerland, 5 Spain, 4 Belgium, 4 Japan and 3 each Brazil, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands.

57 acquisitions in December

January 10th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

2016 ended with the usual flurry of transactions. 57 food and drink deals were recorded on the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database in December.

Less common was the number of larger purchases, with 7 over $500 million, including 5 in excess of $1,000 million:

• €7,300 million for Japan’s Asahi to buy the former SABMiller beer operations in East Europe from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

• $5,500 million for Switzerland’s Lonza to acquire US based Capsugel in biopharmaceuticals from the Kohlberg Kravis Roberts investment group.

• $3,150 million for Coca-Cola to purchase 54.5% of Coca-Cola Beverages Africa from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

• $1,130 million for Canada’s CCL Industries to take over UK-based Innovia in packaging from the Smithfield private equity business.

• $1,075 million for Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods to win Bellisio Foods in the United States.

14 of the 57 total were in alcohol, 8 in soft drinks, 7 in services, 5 in ingredients and 4 in dairy.

32 were international, 25 within national borders.

23 featured the United States, 12 the United Kingdom, 9 France, 7 Switzerland, 5 Spain, 4 Belgium, 4 Japan and 3 each Brazil, Canada, Italy and the Netherlands.

Better packaging, less waste

January 5th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

If the food industry knows it, but the public doesn’t, then it may need to be communicated more effectively.

According to an article in The Economist on 17th December, around one third of all food production is wasted. That’s an enormous 1,300 million tonnes. The problems stretch from harvesting, transport and storage to shape, shelf life and excess purchase.

Packaging is a great preserver. Vacuum packaging is apparently working wonders for meat and dairy products. Sainsbury’s reduced wastage for some meat lines by half last year. Tesco has reportedly calculated that a tonne of waste generates 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while an extra tonne of packaging causes under 2 tonnes of emissions.

So, less packaging does not necessarily mean less waste.

Better packaging, less waste

January 5th, 2017 | Posted by Richard Hall in Richard Hall - (0 Comments)

If the food industry knows it, but the public doesn’t, then it may need to be communicated more effectively.

According to an article in The Economist on 17th December, around one third of all food production is wasted. That’s an enormous 1,300 million tonnes. The problems stretch from harvesting, transport and storage to shape, shelf life and excess purchase.

Packaging is a great preserver. Vacuum packaging is apparently working wonders for meat and dairy products. Sainsbury’s reduced wastage for some meat lines by half last year. Tesco has reportedly calculated that a tonne of waste generates 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide, while an extra tonne of packaging causes under 2 tonnes of emissions.

So, less packaging does not necessarily mean less waste.