Global Food & Drink – Sector Review 2009/2010

At the time of writing, the world is faced with significant economic uncertainty. It is clear that this year and next will bring many challenges for all of us operating within the food and drink (F&D) sector.

However, as you will quickly see from the contributions by our sector experts across the world, even in this time of adversity, there continue to be opportunities in all countries. In our own specialism of corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) there has been no respite in activity over recent months, often driven by rapidly changing trends.

You will find in our report a great deal of market-leading insight into the key issues facing the sector in 2009 and beyond. The growth of the discounter model, portfolio realignment and deleveraging amongst the F&D majors, the continued globalisation of brands and our views on the future of family-ownership in the sector, all figure prominently in this report.

Our work also highlights the role played by the many national ‘champions’ that exist within the sector. At a time when many fear greater protectionism from the world’s leading nations, we explore how Governments are stimulating cross-border trade and co-operation. We also see how acquisitions of mid-market1 businesses dominate F&D activity and how Private Equity investors have slightly different attitudes to investment in each country within our sector.

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