Food Ingredients, Flavors & Fragrances

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Highly regulated and requiring near clean-room type facilities, food ingredient manufacturing plays a key role in improving the taste, nutrition, and appearance of foods consumed globally by millions every day.  While large transactions involving global brands by food and beverage giants are common and usually generate headlines, there is always quite a bit of M&A activity and opportunity further down the food chain (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun).  Ingredient firms are constantly jockeying to improve their market share, brand awareness, and geographic reach, and mergers and acquisitions are an important tool in achieving their goals.  Strategic players view M&A as an opportunity to integrate along their supply chain, enter new markets or geographies, and access new technologies.  Private equity buyers are attracted to the industry’s steady cash flows and the opportunity to build scalable businesses through roll-up strategies. 

Grace Matthews has worked with many suppliers to the food & beverage industries, including both companies that process natural materials as well as those that manufacture synthetic, specialized products.  We have an understanding of the raw material markets that impact costs and margins, as well as the diverse end markets that drive demand.  More significantly, we have experience in executing a disciplined sale process and solving the complex transactional issues commonly encountered in this competitive industry.


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