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Food & Drink sector review


Definition and scale of sector

  • Agricultural commodities supply primary produce processing,
  • Secondary processing,
  • Wholesaling distribution,
  • Food-processing machinery

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Research into UK Food & Drink Manufacturing - August 2007

Food is essential and therefore may be considered a stable market. However, certain segments within the food industry can and have seen major impacts as a result ofdisease. For example, BSE and foot and mouth dramatically affected the meat industry. There have been other wider ranging factors. In the early 1990s, economic downturn saw a likelihood of consumers to trade down from premium foods to value brands.

The current market may be considered polarised with the emergence of the budget retail outlets such as ALDI and Lidl and premium outlets such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer, specialising in premium and quality food products at premium prices. Similarly the large grocery multiples accommodate both the budget consumer and the discerning "foodie" with both the value range and premium branded foods (e.g. Tesco Finest), within their stores.

Source: ADAS



Review of Food Chain Initiatives - March 2007

This review was commissioned by Defra from IHPC to review the work of the food chain bodies against the background of the ZBR and the Levy Board Review, and to recommend next steps for the implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Farming and Food (SFFS) food chain outcomes.

Source: DEFRA



Corporate Finance Insights - Food sector 2006 - Analysis & opinions on M&A activity across Europe from our network of local advisers - December 2006

M&A activity in the European food sector was back on full-power last year. Following a 13% drop in deal numbers in 2004, volumes rose by 11% in 2005 to 350 transactions from 315 the previous year. Boosted by increased activity at the top end of the market, the total disclosed value of these deals was up 44% - following a 9% drop in 2004 - to 110.5bn from 17.3bn.

This vigorous appetite for significant corporate manoeuvres took the aggregate value of European food sector transactions ahead of the trend for European M&A in general, where total disclosed deal values rose by 30% in 2005. Volume-wise, however, dealflow in the food sector fell below the general industry-wide trend line with overall growth for European M&A up 19% last year.

Source: PriceWaterHouseCoopers


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