Food & Beverage

The food and luxury food sector is an important industry in Germany that contributes significantly to the development of the sector on a global level. Around 640,000 employees currently make their living in the approximately 6,200, mainly medium-sized companies.

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Current Developments

Plant-based alternative products are in vogue

Changes in consumer behaviour are influenced by a number of societal trends. An increasingly ageing population and heightened health awareness will lead to an increase in demand for health and wellness products as well as functional foods.

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Alternative meat, fish, and dairy products

Companies plan to transition from traditional livestock farming to a more sustainable model based on the production of animal products from cell cultures.


Our Sector Transactions
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Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)
Significant Transactions
  • Hormel Foods x Kraft Heinz (Nuts Business)
  • Raizen Energia x Biosev

Future trends

Investors pay particular attention to an efficient production process as well as innovative and lucrative products when investing in the food and beverage industry. Greater health awareness among the population is leading to growth in the market for alternative meat and dairy products. Companies are waiting in the wings to bring cell-based production of meat, fish and dairy products to the market. Furthermore, sustainability and regionality continue to gain in importance.

Our View

The German market for food and luxury food products is influenced by changes in consumer behaviour. The trend towards sustainability has a direct impact on the industry. Plant-based alternative products are becoming more and more popular, leading to increasing consolidation pressure on the fragmented German market.

Our View

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