Total drinks industry deals for Q4 2020 worth $11.12bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 214.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 287.3% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $2.87bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a drop of 12.2% over the last four-quarter average with 108 deals against the average of 123 deals.

In value terms, Asia-Pacific led the activity with deals worth $7.36bn.

Drinks industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five drinks deals accounted for 93.4% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five drinks deals stood at $10.38bn, against the overall value of $11.12bn recorded for the month.

The top five drinks industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Coca-Cola European Partners’ $6.58bn acquisition of Coca-Cola Amatil

2) The $3bn private equity deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev by Apollo Global Management

3) Q-Partners’ $300m acquisition of Q’SAI

4) The $300m acquisition of SweetWater BrewingInc by Aphria

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

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.