What We’re Seeing

Market Update

The food and beverage M&A market saw several notable transactions through September. Hershey agreed to acquire Pirate Brands, a manufacturer of baked, fried, and air popped snacks, for $420 million. The Coca-Cola Company agreed to acquire Costa Limited, a retailer of over 4,000 coffee shops worldwide, for $5.1 billion. Inspire Brands agreed to acquire Sonic Corp, a franchisor of drive-in restaurants, for $2.2 billion.

Harris Williams Advises Rise Baking Company on its Sale to Olympus Partners

Business Overview

  • Rise is a leading growth platform in the North American baking category, serving the in-store bakery, foodservice, and convenience channels.
  • Led by a highly experienced management team, the Rise platform was built through the successful integration of multiple acquisitions.
  • Rise maintains a robust growth pipeline and will continue to pursue add-on acquisition targets.


Key Value Drivers

  • Leading organic growth.
  • A track record of successful acquisitions.
  • Entrenched blue-chip customer base.
  • Superior customer service.
  • Flexible manufacturing capabilities.
  • Deep and experienced management team.


What We’ve Been Doing

Closed Harris Williams Transactions


Vital Signs

Commodity Price Indices4


Protein Price Indices1,2


Restaurant and Grocery Store Sales Indices3


Consumer Food Price Index Inflation1


Public Equity Market Overview

Key Trading Statistics4


Public Company Sector Performance (Median One Year Change in Stock Price)4


Recent Equity Offerings5


Food and Beverage Industry Stock Performance Index4


M&A Market Overview

Highlighted Food and Beverage M&A Transactions4

Inspire Brands To Acquire Sonic Corp


  • Inspire Brands has agreed to acquire Sonic Corp for $2.2 billion.
  • Based in Oklahoma City, OK, Sonic Corp operates and franchises a chain of drive-in restaurants serving approximately three million customers every day.
  • The acquisition will strengthen Inspire Brands’ quick service restaurant business, which includes Arby’s.


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  • The Hershey Co. has agreed to acquire Pirate Brands from B&G Foods for $420 million.
  • Based in Sea Cliff, NY, Pirate Brands offers baked, fried, and air-popped snacks.
  • The acquisition adds to Hershey’s better-for-you snacking portfolio, which includes Skinny Pop, Oatmega, and Paqui.


The Coca-Cola Company to Acquire Costa Limited


  • The Coca-Cola Company has agreed to acquire Costa Limited for $5.1 billion.
  • Based in Dunstable, England, Costa Limited operates over 4,000 retail coffee shops worldwide.
  • The transaction will significantly boost Coca-Cola’s presence in the fast-growing coffee business.

M&A Market Overview*

Food and Beverage M&A Trends4


Latest Deals and Announced Private Equity Activity4

Last 10 Deals Announced


Private Equity Investments & Exits


* M&A transactions include European and cross-border deals since 2015.

Debt Market Overview

Food and Beverage Loan Activity6


Recent Debt Offerings7


M&A Overview*

Median LTM Trading Multiples & Quarterly Food & Beverage M&A4


Recent Food and Beverage M&A4



* M&A transactions include European and cross-border deals since 2015.

Food and Beverage Earnings Release Calendar

Earnings Release Calendar4


Public Comparables4






1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2. Unweighted Average

3. US Census Bureau

4. Factset

5. Thomson Financial

6. S&P

7. Reuters


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