Coca-Cola, Cavu, Kerry, Waterlogic, Archer Daniels Midland, FrieslandCampina, Heineken, JAB and Lactalis were the most acquisitive companies of 2018, according to the bevblog.net food and drink transactions database, with each responsible for 5 or more takeovers. Diageo, Krones, Nestlé, Oetker and Unilever all made 4 purchases.
Nestlé was only company to agree 5 or more sales, followed by Real Good Food and Tyson Foods on 4, then BRF on 3.
A total of 1,281 companies were involved across 66 countries, with the United States and United Kingdom most prominent overall.
France was again the biggest net buyer (+15), followed by Luxembourg (+10) and Denmark (+9).
The United Kingdom was the main net seller (-22), followed by the United States (-17) and Germany (-16).
Link to database