M&A Watch

M&A Watch

Insightful analysis of and thought-provoking on packaged-food M&A.



Big Food's stake in the future – in-house venture-capital funds 22 Jul 2020

Minerva is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms.


"I'm afraid 2020 and 2021 will be not normal" – Oppenheimer's Jeroen van den Heuvel on deal-making in packaged food 1 Jul 2020

Oppenheimer's Jeroen van den Heuvel has worked on food M&A for 20 years. He explains how Covid-19 has affected activity in Europe and argues the next 18 months will remain unusual.


"The genie is out of the bottle" – what would Unilever’s unification mean for food? 24 Jun 2020

The long-time debate over Unilever's future in food has resurfaced amid the FMCG giant's plan to unify its legal structure. What could happen to the Knorr maker's food assets?


Is outright sale of Aryzta the ultimate solution to debt woes? - analysis 15 May 2020

European bakery business Aryzta is once again reassessing its business model after a difficult few years. Simon Harvey reviews its options.


How Covid-19 might shape food M&A 5 May 2020

Out of the blue, Covid-19 has arrived to, M&A advisor Stefan Kirk argues, shake life into the food M&A market once the pandemic recedes.


What could be the drivers behind food M&A in 2020? 20 Dec 2019

Simon Harvey looks at what potentially might drive M&A activity in the packaged food industry in 2020.


You've bought a brand. How can you take it into new markets? 11 Nov 2019

Big Food is snapping up smaller brands to inject some growth into their businesses. But how can large companies best roll out their new assets internationally?


Nestle may soon show how rules of game have changed in China 31 Oct 2019

Nestlé's business in China may be set for significant changes. If they materialise, what would it signify for the world's largest food maker's operations in the market?


The food-tech landscape – the investors' view 29 Oct 2019

The Future Food-Tech event in London heard from corporate and VC investors as they surveyed the challenges and opportunities in the sector. Here are the top takeaways.


Who might be in the race for UK sports-nutrition business Grenade? 11 Sep 2019

We weigh up the possible runners and riders for Grenade, the UK sports-nutrition business that could be set for fresh ownership.


PepsiCo's Pioneer-led Africa push may face challenges 22 Jul 2019

Andy Coyne looks at PepsiCo's plans in sub-Saharan Africa after the US giant announced it is to buy South Africa's Pioneer Foods Group.


Food M&A rises again in 2018, albeit at slower pace - data 9 Jan 2019

just-food's index of M&A in the packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to gain an edge on their competition.


November M&A deal volumes dip but still fuel 2018 growth - data 6 Dec 2018

As strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on the competition, just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the packaged food sector monitors activity each month.


October matches 2018 high for food M&A - data 2 Nov 2018

As food companies look to M&A to gain an edge, just-food's index of deals in the international packaged food sector outlines the volume of deals being announced each month.


September adds to M&A deals growth in first nine months of 2018 - data 10 Oct 2018

As company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge, just-food's index of deals in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced worldwide.


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