Total US drinks industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $744.09m were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 41.6% over the previous quarter and a drop of 85.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $5.09bn.

The United States held an 11.3% share of the global drinks industry M&A deal value that totalled $6.6bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United States recorded 29 deals during Q4 2018, marking a rise of 31.8% over the previous quarter and a rise of 38.1% over the last four-quarter average.

US drinks industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five drinks industry M&A deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five drinks industry M&A deals stood at $744.09m, against the overall value of $744.09m recorded for the quarter. The top announced drinks industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Sazerac’s $550m asset transaction with Diageo.

In second place was the $85m acquisition of Morinda Holdings by New Age Beverages and in third place was DS Services of America’s $78.5m acquisition of Mountain Valley Spring.

The $23m acquisition of Cisco Brewers by Craft Brew Alliance and Acquired Sales’ acquisition of Ablis, Bendistillery and Bend Spirits for $7.59m 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.

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.