Comprising a wide array of companies, from small-scale artisanal producers to large multinationals, the food production industry remains an active M&A market.
Consumer trends largely drive the food production industry. Consumers are increasingly interested in healthy, convenient, and plant-based products, which has led to an explosion in offerings from health-conscious, cruelty-free producers.
The Covid-19 pandemic affected food producers in a variety of ways. Test and trace, coupled with reduced a workforce, meant supply chains were strained, yet remained resilient as consumers spent more on food and dining in, as alternative options were restricted. Ready meals, sweet snacks, and frozen food all saw large upticks in popularity across many countries.
The future of food production remains bright. Despite a trend towards healthier, unprocessed foods, the simultaneous rise in demand for vegan and meet-free alternatives has seen a massive boom in valuations for niche food producers with a strong brand and product. A large swarth of the meat-free landscape has already been bought up by forward-looking multinationals, but opportunities remain for innovate players to make their mark with new product offerings.
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