Total drinks industry deals for December 2020 worth $3.83bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 590.3% over the previous month and a rise of 153.2% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.51bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 5.1% over the last 12-month average with 37 deals against the average of 39 deals.

In value terms, North America led the activity with deals worth $3.22bn.

Drinks industry deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five drinks deals accounted for 97.9% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five drinks deals stood at $3.75bn, against the overall value of $3.83bn recorded for the month.

The top five drinks industry deals of December 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Apollo Global Management’s $3bn private equity deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev

2) The $300m acquisition of Q’SAI by Q-Partners

3) Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ)’s $200m private equity deal with ZEVIA

4) The $167.29m acquisition of Mingpin Shijia Wine Chain by Bode Energy Equipment

5) Lucas Bols’ acquisition of Passoa for $86.5m.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

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.