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Jennifer Grebow is editor-in-chief of Nutritional Outlook.
Food and beverage companies in particular are of high interest to investors, said NCN.
Investor interest in the nutrition and health & wellness markets is strong and growing, according to a new report by Nutrition Capital Network (NCN), an organization that helps to facilitate matches between companies and investors in the nutrition and wellness space. NCN says that the number of mergers and acquisitions, as well as equity financings, grew 13% in 2016 to reach 706 transactions-higher than 2015’s recorded 627 transactions.
“Top acquisitions reflect a diversity of trends like the potency of pills, the convenience of beverages, consumer interest in probiotics, and the value in the supply end of the industry,” said NCN cofounder and CEO Grant Ferrier in a press release. “They also reflect growing strategic and investment interest in the nutrition and health & wellness industry by the food and beverage, ingredients, and consumer products industries.”
Food and beverage companies in particular are of high interest to investors, said NCN. Like in 2015, investment in food and beverage businesses was high in 2016, totaling 102 equity financings-far higher than the average 26 food and beverage equity financings seen annually in the years 2010–2014.
In addition to high activity in food and beverage, NCN noted the following trends in 2016:
NCN also shared its list of top 10 nutrition and health & wellness industry financings in 2016:
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