SDR Ventures’ Q3 2016 Food & Beverage Report, which outlines the industry’s latest M&A data and trend information, has been featured in Food Dive, an online food publication.
The article in Food Dive, by Carolyn Heneghan, titled “What M&A Trends say About the Future of Food and Beverage,” highlights some of the main insights from SDR’s Q3 report and reveals how and why the industry is evolving.
SDR’s Q3 report states that private equity will remain a major player in food and beverage M&A but that this group of investors likely will invest in more mature, consolidated segments where they may be more competitive against major manufacturers.
Q3 also showed more investment interest in categories such as sauces and seasonings, grains and baked foods and coffee. Categories to watch for in the future include energy drinks and food and agricultural inputs, which include natural flavors.
Heneghan states, “New product development and reformulations have played a role in boosting top-line performances, but more manufacturers recognize the potential that acquisitions and venture capital investments offer.” She goes on to state, “This has led to the rapid adoption of dedicated VC arms among a wide range of major manufacturers, which could lead to increased M&A activity in the future.”