As consumers increasingly buy into the idea that their eating habits affect their health, dealmaking in the better-for-you food business is flourishing. Private equity firms and strategic buyers are investing heavily in the sector, which has also seen successful initial public offerings lately. (Watch video below)
Organic food sales in the U.S. have increased to about $27 billion in 2012 from about $11 billion in 2004, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Organic food sales accounted for more than 3.5 percent of total U.S. food sales in 2012.