Biggest buyers and sellers in 2019
Orkla, Pernod Ricard, Nestlé, Asahi, PepsiCo, Lactalis, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Azelis, Berlin Packaging, Kirin and Waterlogic were the most acquisitive companies of 2019, according to the Zenith Global food and drink transactions database, with each responsible for 5 or more takeovers. Archer Daniels Midland, Bimbo, Diageo, Emmi, JBS and Refresco all made 4 purchases.
Campbell Soup was the only company to agree 5 or more sales, followed by Fonterra on 4, then Coca-Cola, Hain Celestial and Nestlé on 3.
A total of 1,290 companies were involved across 59 countries, with the United States and the United Kingdom most prominent overall.
Global food and drink transactions by country 2018-19
Source: Zenith Global
Japan was the biggest net buyer (+18), followed by France (+10), then Belgium and Norway (+9 each).
The United Kingdom was the main net seller (-37), followed by the United States (-23), Australia (-16) and Brazil (-11).