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M&A Activity In Food Industry Reflects Consumer Eating Trends

December 30, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
According to Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, acquisition activity last year in the food industry tended to reflect health-conscious consumer eating trends. Investors and buyers focused on better-for-you products and frozen foods companies. Five transactions stood out especially in 2014: the $165 million Hillshire Brands acquisition of frozen food company Van’s Natural Foods; the $860 million acquisition of Flagstone Foods (nuts and private-label healthy snacks); Hormel Foods’ $450 million purchase of CytoSport Holdings, maker of Muscle Milk; General Mills’ acquisition of organic foods maker Annie’s Inc. for $820 million; and Ajinimoto’s purchase of Quality Holdings LP, which makes frozen foods, for $800 million.
Allison Collins, "6 Notable Food Deals of 2014", Mergers & Acquisitions, December 30, 2014, © SourceMedia
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