Drinks deals in January 2019 worth $475.83m were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 92.86% over the previous month and a drop of 85.92% when compared with the last 12-month average of $3.38bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 33.33% over the last 12-month average with 40 deals against the average of 30 deals.

In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $358.43m.

The top announced deal, as tracked by GlobalData, in January 2019 was Asahi Europe’s $326.32m acquisition of Fuller’s Beer Limited.

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.