Food & Beverage







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Oaklins Food & Beverage Specialists


Morocco, Casablanca

Tarik Britel

South Africa, Johannesburg

Yaron Zimbler


Canada, Montreal

Sebastien Nadeau

Mexico, Mexico City

Bernardo Gutiérrez Cortina

United States, Atlanta

James S. Grien

United States, Boston

Craig M. Gibson

United States, Cleveland

David D. Dunstan

United States, Jacksonville

Doug Kravet

United States, New York

Paul R. Smolevitz

United States, Seattle

Thomas Elzey

Asia Pacific

Australia, Sydney

Peter Fraser

China, Shanghai

Angela Chen

Japan, Tokyo

Taro Okayama

Singapore, Singapore

Gerald Ong

Thailand, Bangkok

Giang Tran Thuy

Europe and Middle East

Austria, Vienna

Thomas Jungreithmeir

Belgium, Brussels

Thomas Roelens

Croatia, Zagreb

Željko Perić

Czech Republic, Prague

Oliver Polyák

Denmark, Copenhagen

Frederik Aakard

Estonia, Tallinn

Lauri Isotamm

Finland, Helsinki

Inna Manko

France, Paris

Philippe Hermant

Germany, Hamburg

Thorben Woeltjen

Ireland, Dublin

Raymond Donegan

Israel, Tel Aviv

Boaz Levi

Italy, Milan

Marco A. Vismara

Latvia, Riga

Valērija Lieģe

Netherlands, Amsterdam

Oscar van Leeuwen

Norway, Oslo

Bjørn Campbell Pedersen

Poland, Warsaw

Maciej Szalaj

Russia, Moscow

Alexey Bykov

Saudi Arabia, Riyadh

Saud Al Tassan

Slovenia, Ljubljana

Vlado Jančič

Spain, Madrid

José Antonio Martín de los Santos

Sweden, Stockholm

Sven-Åke Lewin

Switzerland, Zurich

Jens Rutten

Turkey, Istanbul

Levent Bosut

United Kingdom, London

Jim Clark

United Kingdom, London

Jonathan Buxton


Say “Cheese!”: an industry snapshot

SPOT ON CHEESE: Oaklins’ cheese specialist Davide Milano samples current trends and gives us a taste of the strongest segments in the industry. Making the right pairing is the key ingredient to becoming the next big cheese, and we look at how small players can spread their reach. We spotlight the success of the Italian, family-owned Sabelli Group. Sabelli’s joint CEOs explain how their acquisition…


Big players craving healthy profits

SPOT ON HEALTHY FOOD: M&A is the inevitable result of the need to combine all the pieces of the pie in the fragmented gluten-free industry. The once-niche sector is now considered a mainstream category linked to health and wellness and helping to boost interest in the free-from segment, which is rising steeply. The global free-from industry was valued at US$36 billion in 2017 and will…


European biscuit manufacturer expands into Spain

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised Biscuit International, a portfolio company of Qualium Investissement, on the acquisition of Arluy S.L.U. The Spanish market represents a real growth opportunity for Biscuit International. This acquisition strengthens the company’s position as one of Europe’s leading producers of private label sweet biscuits. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.


Specialty ingredients sweeten profits

Spot On Food Ingredients: Our specialist Michele Manetti breaks down the key components of the specialty food ingredients supply chain and the forces driving growth and change in the sector. With large competitors grabbing an even bigger piece of the pie, what options do small and medium-sized companies have to remain relevant in the industry? We turn a spotlight on Mr. Udo Wenzel, Chairman of…


Healthy Food Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON HEALTHY FOOD:  In this second edition of the healthy food Spot On, our specialist Marco A. Vismara shares some high-level industry intelligence covering market and valuation trends, followed by a spotlight on EcorNaturaSi and an interview with Roberto Maschio, Chairman of Baule Volante & Fior di Loto, SRL. Healthy food (HF), and organic & free-from food in particular, is undisputedly the most important…


M&A Appetite for Healthy Food at BIOFACH2018 in Nuremberg, Germany

On 15 February, our healthy food experts Marco A. Vismara, Florian von Alten, Sven-Åke Lewin and Philippe Hermant will host a workshop “M&A Appetite for Healthy Food” covering trends, valuations, main drivers and lessons learned from recent M&A transactions. Our healthy food specialists will be joined by Peter Åsberg, CEO & President of Midsona, and Lars Eriksson, Partner at Riverside Company. Together they will cover the following topics: Overview…


Global natural nutrition trailblazer strengthens its market position

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in France has advised Naturex SA, the world leader in specialty plant-based natural ingredients, on the acquisition of Swedish Oat Fiber AB, a specialized manufacturer of oat products. Oaklins’ team in Sweden identified the target. This acquisition offers both businesses diversification in the high-growth oat-based beta-glucan segment and geographic expansion via a platform in Scandinavia. Read more about the transaction, market…


Oaklins’ expertise acknowledged in food industry award

Davide Milano, one of Oaklins’ food & beverage specialists, has been awarded “M&A Professional of the Year 2017 in the Food Industry” by Financecommunity in recognition of his expertise shown in a number of relevant transactions completed in the sector. During the award ceremony, he was put forward as one of the most prominent professionals in the food industry. His colleague and fellow food specialist Marco…


Creating a leading Italian healthy food distributor

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Fior di Loto Srl on its merger with Baule Volante Srl, coordinating all activities aimed at defining and completing the transaction. The combined entity will generate revenues of over US$80 million in the healthy and organic food distribution business. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.  


Premium Scottish smoked salmon producer acquired by Estonian fish processor and retailer

DEAL FLASH: Cavendish, an Oaklins member firm in the UK, has advised the shareholders or John Ross Jr. [Aberdeen] Limited (John Ross) and Coln Valley Smokery Limited (Coln Valley), jointly known as JRJ Group, on the sale of the company to AS PRFoods. PRFoods is the largest manufacturer of fish in Estonia and also one of the largest fish production brands in Finland. Read more…


Healthy food Spot On newsletter

MARKET INTELLIGENCE ON A GROWING AND TRANSFORMING SEGMENT: The first edition of the Healthy food Spot On newsletter zooms in on the factors driving M&A growth in the industry and more specifically in the four player categories we identified: Fresh fruits and vegetables, functional foods, organic foods and specialized retailers. You will find an overview of the market and valuation trends, a spotlight on Wessanen, a leading…


Selling to a bottling partner

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy has advised Sanpellegrino, a Nestlé company, on the sale of its Recoaro mineral water brand, business and assets to the Dutch listed group Refresco. The transaction also included a co-packing agreement for three of Sanpellegrino’s branded products. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and M&A valuation aspects.


Sale of controlling stake in Australian health food retailer

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Australia has advised the owners of Healthy Life Group on the sale of a controlling stake in the company to Allegro Funds. This is a perfectly timed transaction, with an increasing trend towards healthy foods and wellness coupled with the opportunity provided by the selldown of a non-core business operation. Read more about the transaction, market trends, deal drivers and…


Marco Vismara was named “Food Professional of the Year” by

Marco Vismara, one of our Italian partners and our Head of the Food & Beverage Industry Group, was named “Food Professional of the Year”.  The motivation of the Award was “A professional that is gaining an increasing personal recognition in this industry, and is also building the brand name and the reputation of his team”. Financecommunity is a leading online magazine and newsletter, providing news…


A game-changer in the Italian dairy business

DEAL FLASH: Oaklins’ team in Italy advised Sabelli SpA to acquire Trevisanalat SpA from Alto Partners S.G.R. Trevisanalat SpA is a leading Italian dairy company active in the production of private label and its own branded mozzarella cheese products. They advised the buyer throughout the process, from the analysis of the opportunity and the negotiations with the seller up to the closing. The team also…


Alcoholic beverages

FOOD & BEVERAGE DEAL FLASH:  Oaklins’ teams in the Netherlands and in Germany advised Royal Dirkzwager in the sale of a selection of liquor brands to Nordbrand Nordhausen GmbH. The selected brands include Asmussen and Boddel, two of the oldest rum brands in Germany; Fläminger Jagd and Jagd Hütte, traditional German herb liqueurs; and Balle, a classic German rum. This deal is another example of…