Europe’s food industry saw a drop of 16% in deal activity during April 2022, when compared with the last 12-month average, led by Advent International’s $1.1bn acquisition of Irca, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 21 food industry deals worth $1.2bn were announced for the region in April 2022, against the 12-month average of 25 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in April 2022 with 12 transactions, representing a 57.1% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with five deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 23.8% and 19.05% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

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In terms of value of deals, private equity was the leading category in Europe’s food industry with $1.1bn, while venture financing and M&A deals totalled $37.48m and $22.13m, respectively.

Europe food industry deals in April 2022: Top deals

The top five food deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during April 2022.

The combined value of the top five food deals stood at $1.16bn, against the overall value of $1.2bn recorded for the month.

The top five food industry deals of April 2022 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Advent International $1.1bn private equity deal with Irca

2) The $29.01m venture financing of Umiami by Astanor Ventures,French Partners,French Tech Seed,Newfund Capital,Redalpine Venture Partners and Verso Capital

3) Humble Group $22.13m acquisition deal with Go Superfoods

4) The $8m venture financing of Planetary by Blue Horizon Corporation,Nucleus Capital and XAnge Capital

5) Guinness Asset Management $1.43m private equity deal with The White Rabbit Pizza