Total drinks deals in Q4 2018 worth $7.91bn were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 53.66% over the previous quarter and a drop of 32.13% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $11.65bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 30.23% over the last four-quarter average with 112 deals against the average of 86 deals.

In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $6.72bn.

The top announced deal, as tracked by GlobalData, in Q4 2018 was Unilever’s $5.36bn asset transaction with GlaxoSmithKline.

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This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals.

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.