Private equity firms take a bigger bite of food sector

Ireland's food industry can attract significant investment through imaginative financing schemes, in advance of the ending of milk quotas, writes Ciaran Bolger.

11th May, 2013
Warren Buffett partnered with a private equity firm to buy Heinz. Photo: Bloomberg

There were ten significant US/Irish mergers and acquisition transactions last year in the food and beverages sector, compared with only two in 2011.

Glanbia, Greencore, Kerry Group and C&C all made major purchases in the US last year. In the other direction, US acquisitions of Irish businesses in the food and beverages sector included Hain Celestial's €10 million acquisition of Cully & Sully. In addition, Beam made two purchases last year - Cooley Distillery and...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

The year in review

Legacy Richie Oakley 1 year ago

Newsround: What Thursday’s papers say

Legacy Leanna Byrne 5 years ago

More cycle routes, expansion of Luas to Bray and new bus network proposed

Legacy Digital Desk 5 years ago