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Food & Beverage Manufacturing M&A Quarterly Report: Q1 2023

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Following broader market trends, food and beverage M&A slowed during Q1 while external forces like inflation, rising interest rates, recessionary fears, and a banking crisis all took center stage. The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, whose customers included F&B companies like The Better Meat Co. and Equii Foods, cast a shadow over the final weeks of the quarter. Many recent F&B acquisitions were completed by venture firms (e.g., Cercano Management, Female Founders Fund, and New Leaf Invest). This may continue to slow down M&A activity for the sector as venture funds focus on their current portfolio businesses and make sure proper cash management and controls are in place before pursuing further investments.

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Helana Robbins Huddleston, CPA, CIRA,
Partner, Manufacturing and Distribution Industry – Co-Leader
Transaction Advisory Services

Henrietta Fuchs, CPA,
Partner, Manufacturing and Distribution Industry – Co-Leader