Food & Beverage Update

Fourth quarter 2013

This newsletter is a periodic compilation of financial and economic trends and certain completed and announced merger and acquisition activity in the food & beverage industry on a European and Belgian level.

European M&A activity in the food & beverage industry remained high during 2013. 303 transactions were closed (versus 309 in 2012). A larger deal volume was noticed in the so called “mid market” pushing the median deal size down from EUR 50mio in 2012 to EUR 41mio in 2013. On a European level, the transactions in the Food & Beverage industry represented c. 7% of the total number of deals announced over all industries (more than 4,500 during 2013).

The Belgian deal volume in the Food & Beverage industry showed to be higher in 2013 resulting in 26 announced deals (compared to 22 deals over the full year 2012). During the last quarter of 2013, the most sizeable transaction on the Belgian market included the acquisition of Boulevard Brewing, the American brewer, by the Belgian beer group Duvel Moortgat, the acquisition by BelOrta, the co-operative auction, of Veiling Borgloon, as well as the acquisition of a 50% stake in Natural Granen, a Belgian pigeon feed producer, by the AVEVE group. 

Food & Beverage Update: Fourth quarter 2013
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