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Jan 17, 2018 / Richard Hall

Biggest buyers and sellers in 2017

Frutarom, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken, Orkla and Unilever were the most acquisitive companies of 2017, according to the food and drink transactions database, with each responsible for 6 or more takeovers. Lactalis, Nestlé and US Foods all made 5 purchases.

Coca-Cola was only company to agree 5 or more sales, followed by Treasury Wine Estates on 4, then Asahi, Coke Consolidated, Kraft Heinz, Murray Goulburn, Nestlé and Unilever on 3 each. Coca-Cola undertook 14 separate divestments as it concluded its franchise restructuring.

A total of 1,161 companies were involved across 64 countries, with the United States and United Kingdom most prominent overall.


Global Food and Drink Transactions by Country 2016-17

Sources:, Zenith Global

France was the biggest net buyer (+19), followed by Belgium (+16), Switzerland (+15) and Israel (+11).

The United States was the main net seller (-42), followed by the United Kingdom (-22), Australia (-10) and Brazil (-10).

Link to database

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