Total US food industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $6.84bn were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 54.7% over the previous quarter and a drop of 9.2% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $7.53bn.

The United States held a 60.2% share of the global food industry M&A deal value that totalled $11.36bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United States recorded 41 deals during Q4 2018, marking a rise of 28.1% over the previous quarter and a rise of 24.2% over the last four-quarter average.

US food industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five food industry M&A deals accounted for 79.4% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five food industry M&A deals stood at $5.43bn, against the overall value of $6.84bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced food industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was CJ CheilJedang’s $1.84bn acquisition of The Schwan Food.

In second place was the $1.4bn acquisition of NutriSystem by Tivity Health and in third place was Hearthside Food Solutions’s $1.08bn acquisition of Greencore USA.

The $750m acquisition of Blommer Chocolate by Fuji Oil Holdings and Kerry’s acquisition of ARIAKE U.S.A for $369.39m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.