52 acquisitions in October
Two enormous deals topped the list of 52 food and drink transactions recorded on the bevblog.net mergers and acquisitions database for October.
Since its announcement on 13 October, there have been daily updates and debates on the $104,000 million brewing bid by Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev for UK-based SABMiller and the impact is likely to reverberate in various subsequent divestments.
There was also a $6,000 million sales revenue merger agreed between US alcohol distributors The Charmer Sunbelt Group and Wirtz Beverage Group to become Breakthru Beverage Group.
Of the 52 total, 11 were in alcohol, 8 in soft drinks, 6 in ingredients, 4 in dairy and 3 each in nutrition and packaging.
21 were inside national borders, 31 international. 20 involved the United States, 12 the United Kingdom, 6 Ireland, 4 Italy and Netherlands, 3 each Australia, Canada, France, Germany and Spain.