Pickup in M&A Predicted by Dealmakers, Following Republican Sweep
Audax Group's Geoffrey Rehnert and Avante's Jeri Harman were among the dealmakers we interviewed at the 2016 ACG LA Business Conference


Index of M&A Activity: October Composite at 55.4
Leads for new deals hit a 2016 high, indicating that potential M&A pipelines are full and hurdles from a slow first half have been cleared

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ParkerGale Closes $240M Debut Fund, Building Portfolio of Lower Middle-Market Tech Companies
The Software-as-a-Service model, with recurring revenues, is attractive to private equity, says ParkerGale co-founder Kristina Heinze, who spoke at Mergers & Acquisitions’ MM360 conference

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Japan’s Sumitomo Agrees to Buy Ireland’s Banana Importer Fyffes, Expanding Reach in Global Fruit Market

The deal comes two years after Chiquita shareholders rejected a proposed takeover of Fyffes that would have created the world’s largest banana producer

Juicy Juice Owner Harvest Hill Purchases Nutrament from Nestle

Faribault Foods recently sold its beverage business to the buyer

Audax Buys Snack Machine Vendor Accent Food from Silver Oak

Dr Pepper Snapple, Platinum Equity and Snyder’s-Lance all invested in the food sector

Snyder's-Lance Sheds Diamond’s Culinary Nut Line to Focus on Snacks

Snyder’s is hanging onto Diamond’s Pop Secret popcorn brand; the move comes as consumer goods companies, including Newell and Prestige, sell off assets to hone in on fast-growing brands

McCormick Buys Italian Flavor Maker Giotti to Expand in Europe

Dealmakers of food ingredient businesses include ConAgra, Highlander and Vantage Specialty

Smithfield Buys Saag’s Specialty Meats and Farmer John to Diversify Consumer Base

The seller, Hormel Foods, recently bought Justin’s and Applegate Farms

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Absorbs Bai Brands to Grow "Healthy" Beverage Lines

Danone, General Atlantic, Milk Hain and Pinnacle recently purchased better-for-you brands

Charoen Pokphand Acquires Michelina’s Owner Bellisio to Enter U.S. Frozen Foods Business

Grey Mountain, Kellogg and Palladium previously invested in food companies

Brynwood Partners Expands Juicy Juice Owner Harvest Hill with Pouch Packager

The target, Faribault Foods, is a private-label supplier of beverages including Juicy Juice and Sunny Delight

Kainos Capital Closes 2nd Fund to Pursue Food & Beverage, Consumer Goods

Ghirardelli, Kettle Cuisine, SlimFast and Sturm Foods are among the firms’ investments

US Foods Acquires Save on Seafood, as Buying Spree Continues After Sysco Merger Collapses

The buyer previously made deals for Cara Donna, Food Genius and Freshway Foods

Supervalu Sells Save-A-Lot Chain to Onex, as the Grocery Sector Consolidates

Other related purchases have come from Apollo, Haggen and Kroger

Kellogg Buys Brazilian Food Company Parati to Continue Expanding in Emerging Markets

The maker of Froot Loops and Special K previously invested in Multipro

General Atlantic Backs Joe & the Juice, as PE Firms Warm up to “Fast Casual”

Jimmy John’s, Pink Taco and Wetzel’s Pretzels have garnered private equity investments

Palladium’s Investment in Del Real Shows Globalization Drives Interest in Hispanic Foods

Other food buyers include Ajinomoto and Teasdale Foods

Roark Capital’s Stake in Jimmy John’s Reinvigorates PE Interest in Restaurant M&A, Says Duff & Phelps' Josh Benn

Capital-efficient franchise business models, including CiCi’s Pizza, Wetzel’s Pretzels, and PepperJax Grill, have added to the positive sentiment

B&G Deploys Cash Raised in Public Offering to Soak up Seasonings from ACH

The purchase follows other food acquisitions by B&G including Mama Mary’s, Rickland Orchards and Green Giant

Roark Capital Grabs Majority Interest in Jimmy John’s Sandwiches, Minority Owner Exits

The target joins Roark’s restaurant portfolio that includes Arby’s, Auntie Anne’s, Carvel and Cinnabon

PE Newcomer CenterOak Picks Up Second Investment Following Initial Fund Close

CenterOak's stake in pretzel stand operator Wetzel’s comes as buyers seek chains with national growth potential

Danone’s WhiteWave Purchase and Other Organic Deals Reveal Hidden Gems

Levi Strauss, who made a fortune selling jeans and supplies in the California Gold Rush, provides a good role model, says MHT MidSpan’s Craig Lawson

Cott Beverages Buys S&D Coffee Business

Distribution giant recently acquired Eden Springs coffee machines from Rhone Capital

Jordan-Backed Vantage Specialty Chemicals Adds to Food Ingredients Business with Mallet Acquisition

ConAgra, Platinum Equity, Givaudan and Highlander top the list of recent food ingredients dealmakers

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