The new coronavirus has dramatically impacted the Food & Beverage value chain, compelling industry players to rethink their operations to adapt to market challenges. Most notably, channel demand has shifted from on- to off-premise outlets, and a changing consumer purchasing landscape is favoring eCommerce and other home delivery models, elevating the need for the development of effective omni-channel and direct sales strategies. Volatility is weighing on the M&A market, and buyers are proceeding with caution. Food & Beverage assets will likely be viewed as a “flight to safety” in the current economic climate, particularly for companies serving the off-premise and direct-to-consumer channels. The long-term outlook for Food & Beverage M&A continues to be optimistic and is expected to return to normal levels.
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is a member of Global M&A Partners (GMAP), a global partnership of independent investment banks structured to provide clients unparalleled sector-focused access to strategic relationships, investors, and opportunities globally. With partner offices in more than 30 countries, the partnership drives premium value for our clients by ensuring the highest quality and most relevant potential buyers are involved in BGL processes. When international buyers are interested in acquiring our clients, bridging cultural, language, and stylistic gaps becomes extremely important to drive value in a timely fashion. The GMAP Food & Beverage sector team comprises dedicated M&A professionals, with representatives from 17 countries, including those with the highest Food & Beverage activity in the world, namely Brazil, China, France, Germany, and the U.S.
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