People Moves

Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods
Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Financial Services

Banner Year for Private Equity Fundraising Bodes Well for M&A in 2017
The amount raised in 2016 was on par with 2014, the best year for PE fundraising since the financial crisis, finds Preqin; a record number of new PE funds is being marketed to investors at the start of 2017


Lending Will Accelerate, Spurred by More M&A, Say Antares Capital Co-CEOs
John Martin and David Brackett, co-CEOs of Antares Capital, say the loan market is robust for 2017

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Influential Women

The second edition of Mergers & Acquisitions’ special report celebrates 35 leading female transaction professionals, including Kristina Heinze, co-founder of ParkerGale

Mid-Market Awards

Who should win Mergers & Acquisitions’ 10th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards for 2016?

Food & Beverage

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

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

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