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Drinks industry deals (M&A) valued at over US$12 billion

Mergers and acquisitions in the drinks industry during the summer (from July to September 2019) were valued at more than US$12 billion, according to research from analyst firm Global Data.

That figure was 328% higher than the total for the previous quarter.

According to the study, Asahi Group’s $11.3 billion acquisition of Carlton & United Brewers was the largest.

In spirits, the largest acquisition was Heaven Hill Brand’s acquisition of Black Velvet Distilling for $266 million. This was closely followed by Pernod Ricard’s acquisition of alcohol manufacturer and marketer Castle Brands for $223 million.

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