How are ingredient manufacturers respondind to fast-changing consumer tastes? We speak to three leading ingredient manufacturers, Valeo Foods, Novozymes and Lesieur, to find out how they are responding to the trend towards functional, free-from, organic and healthy alternatives to traditional staples.
View from France
Philippe Guezenec, Managing Partner of Clearwater International France, shares his views on current trends in the food and beverage sector. Philippe has been working with clients in the sector for many years, but has seen more change in the market over the past five or six years than in the previous 20 or more.
Fuelled by changing consumer tastes driven by younger consumers, defensive acquisition plays from mature and established players, and the race to acquire innovative health conscious food companies, M&A activity has been strong and is expected to remain strong in the near future, particularly for innovative health focused companies.
Our international food and beverage sector team has a long track record of advising consumer businesses through strategic M&A and investment transactions including raising development capital, debt advisory, acquisitions, management buy-outs and partial or full exits to strategic financial or trade buyers. Read about some of our recent deals.