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The Acquisition Report - Trends and Directions

  • ID: 35085
  • November 2002
  • Leatherhead Research Ltd.
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A comprehensive guide to recent acquisition activity in the global food and drink industry.

- A corporate overview of the global food and drink industry over the last few years
- A ranking of theleading 20 food and drink manufacturers by total and food sales, highlighting two-year financial trends
- A list of recent major acquisitions, ranked in financial terms
- Detailed analysis of recent acquisitions by product sector, indicating implications for future company strategy
- Global market size and consumption data for many product sectors

The last few years have witnessed a startling level of corporate activity, with multinational companies strengthening their respective positions through a series of highprofile mergers and acquisitions. We have now published The Acquisition Report - Trends and Directions, which brings you up to date with recent developments and reviews corporate strategy within the global food and drink industry.

Key Features:

- Presents a corporate overview of the global food and drink industry over the last few years
- Ranks the leading 20 food and drink manufacturers by food sales
- Provides a list of recent major READ MORE >

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Facts and Figures

The facts & figures presented in this report include:

"During the 1999/2000 financial year, sales of food and drink from the world’s top ten manufacturers amounted to USD233.2bn. However, two years later, this figure had risen to almost USD270bn, representing a rise of almost 16% during this relatively brief period, mainly as a result of acquisition activity."

"One factor driving recent acquisition activity has been a change in corporate strategy. More of the major food and drink manufacturers are now focusing on their core activities and capabilities, and have therefore been narrowing their product ranges."

"Due to the competitive state of the food industry in regions such as North America and Europe, significant emphasis has been placed upon value-added lines, and the acquisition of well-known brands can therefore form a vital part of company strategy."

"While milk supply has undergone consolidation in a number of countries, the global markets for both dairy spreads and cheese remain relatively fragmented, often encompassing a wide range of smaller domestic producers that the larger companies could acquire. Further acquisitions are therefore forecast for these two areas, especially since greater use is now being made of branded dairy products."

"Future acquisitions are forecast to take place in growing markets, such as functional foods, or in parts of the world where the number of local producers is high, and the share of multinational companies is comparatively low."

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