32 new acquisitions in April
The really big one was Nestlé’s $11,850 million agreement to buy Pfizer’s nutrition business. There were also two more over $1,000 million – Molson Coors’ $3,540 million purchase of StarBev in Central Europe and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $1,240 million to take control of Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana.
So the April picture was fewer in number but greater in value. Of the 32, 8 were in alcohol, 7 in soft drinks, 5 in hot drinks, 5 in food, 4 in packaging/equipment and 3 in ingredients, with 0 in dairy.
20 involved the United States – 8 all domestic affairs, 6 overseas expansions and 6 incoming deals. The United Kingdom was next with 4, then Switzerland with 3. A total of 21 countries were affected.