Total drinks industry deals for April 2019 worth $2.6bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 1006.5% over the previous month and a drop of 67.2% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.55bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 41.2% over the last 12-month average with 48 deals against the average of 34 deals.

In value terms, North America led the activity with deals worth $2.33bn.

Drinks industry deals in April 2019: Top deals

The top five drinks deals accounted for 93.6% of the overall value during April 2019.

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The combined value of the top five drinks deals stood at $2.43bn, against the overall value of $2.6bn recorded for the month. The top announced drinks deal tracked by GlobalData in April 2019 was E. & J. Gallo Winery’s $1.7bn asset transaction with Constellation Brands.

In second place was the $510m private equity deal with Bolthouse Farms by Butterfly Equity and in third place was BlackRock’s $150m venture financing of Ruixing Coffee (Beijing).

The $40m private equity deal with Q Tonic by Eurazeo PME and Gaorong Capital and Qiming Venture Partners’ venture financing of Shanghai Lianyi Business Consulting for $30.65m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

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.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.