The food and beverage space has experienced two consecutive quarters of increasing M&A activity, attributable to interest rate stability, strong corporate balance sheets and improvement in the financing markets. There is an abundance of capital to drive deals, with both corporate cash balances and private equity dry powder at all-time highs. With debt reduction becoming a focus for highly leveraged businesses, well-capitalized companies are positioned to acquire high-quality assets at lower valuations.

Food and Beverage Industry Insights—Spring 2024

However, food and beverage companies will have to continue adapting to changes in consumer spending due to inflation and the subsequent effects on food consumption. Investors are emphasizing volume sales growth as food price elasticity increases. Rather than increasing prices, food companies will need to prioritize operational efficiency and market share expansion. As inflation stabilizes, with interest rate cuts expected during the balance of 2024, we anticipate continued momentum in M&A activity within the food and beverage space.

Food and Beverage M&A Industry Valuation Data

Food and Beverage Industry Insights — Spring 2024

Our Food and Beverage M&A Industry Insights report aims to identify trends and provide insights across the sector, focusing on key themes, issues and opportunities. To view additional valuation data and public company trading statistics, download our Food and Beverage M&A Industry Valuation Data.

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