Europe’s food industry saw a drop of 7.69% in deal activity during January 2022, when compared with the last 12-month average, led by Bleu Capital, CapAgro Innovation, Entrepreneur First, Natalie Portman, Oyster Bay, ParTech (France) and Seventure Partners’ $28.43m venture financing deal with La Vie Foods, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 24 food industry deals worth $44.8m were announced for the region in January 2022, against the 12-month average of 26 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in January 2022 with 14 transactions, representing a 58.3% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with seven deals, followed by private equity deals with three transactions, respectively capturing a 29.2% and 12.5% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

In terms of value of deals, venture financing was the leading category in Europe’s food industry with $44.83m.

Europe food industry deals in January 2022: Top deals

The top five food deals accounted for 97.02% of the overall value during January 2022.

The combined value of the top five food deals stood at $43.49m, against the overall value of $44.8m recorded for the month.

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

1) Bleu Capital,CapAgro Innovation,Entrepreneur First,Natalie Portman,Oyster Bay,ParTech (France) and Seventure Partners $28.43m venture financing deal with La Vie Foods

2) The $10.25m venture financing of VFC Food by Veg Capital

3) Vakko Holding $3m venture financing deal with Fuudy App

4) The $1.14m venture financing of NoPalm Ingredients by Future Food Fund,Green Creators and Icos Capital Management

5) Lever VC $0.68m venture financing deal with Tiba Tempeh