Private Equity Firms Double Down on Technology Deals
Tech-focused firms, like Thoma Bravo, HGGC and ParkerGale, are raising funds, and generalists like the Riverside Co. are boosting investment in the sector


Renesas, Samsung, Verizon chase auto tech makers
Intersil, Fleetmatics and Harman are some recent targets in the sector


Huron Closes New Fund in 3 Months, Riding PE Fundraising Wave
The Detroit PE firm focuses on lower middle-market companies, like colorful sock maker Sabg

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Food & Beverage

Kraft Heinz spurned in Unilever takeover bid

Kraft Heinz was formed through a combination of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and investment firm 3G Capital, which had teamed up two years earlier to buyout of H.J. Heinz

Audax-backed schwag distributor Halo buys corporate rewards program developer MCF

Accent Food, Laborie Medical and RelaDyne were recently acquired by the Boston PE firm

SK Capital backs Niacet, expanding the firm's portfolio of food ingredients makers

McCormick, Monster Beverage and Jordan-backed Vantage Specialty also made similar purchases

Bob Evans Sells Restaurant Business, as PE Firms Show Interest in Chains with Growth Potential

The buyer, Golden Gate, has previously backed California Pizza Kitchen and Red Lobster

Silgan Buys WestRock’s Closure Business to Grow Spray Packaging

Berry Plastics, CVC Capital, Novolex, Packaging Corp and Platinum Equity recently engaged in packaging deals

AUA Equity-Backed Indulge Desserts Swallows Gourmet Quiche Maker L&Q

Dean Foods and Geneva Glen also purchased dessert distribution businesses

SFEP Secures Red Monkey Foods, as Deals for Seasonings Pick Up

Zoom Eyeworks, a manufacturer of reading glasses, was also purchased by the San Francisco-based private equity firm

Luminate Invests in Alcohol Payment Company for Data Heft

The PE firm's investment will help build out Fintech's data products and distribution efforts to the spirits industry

Mars Expands in Pet Care with Purchase of VCA

J.M. Smucker, Tractor Supply and Worldwise deals underscore why private equity firms and strategic buyers love the pet industry

McDonald’s Sells Control of China Business to Citic and Carlyle

Fast-casual chains Krispy Kreme, Pink Taco and Wendy's all made deals recently

Benford Capital Backs Saco Foods, Purveyor of Dolci Frutta Dessert Dip

The Boulder, Colorado private equity firm’s portfolio includes providers of food and ingredients; test and measurement instruments; gas detection and B-2-B products

Emily Waldorf

Sphere of Influence: Spearheads Campbell’s corporate direction and planning processes, including expanding the maker of well-known comfort foods into new, growing segments through the identification of acquisitions, such as Bolthouse Farms

Molly Ashby

Sphere of Influence: Bets big on companies cherished by and often run by women, including maraconi and cheese maker Annie’s Inc.

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

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