The food and beverage industry has generally benefitted from an improved economy, although many companies are cautious as they face ongoing changes to their businesses. Looking forward, food and beverage companies will continue to encounter rising commodity prices and growing competition, along with challenges arising from heightened consumer expectations. Furthermore, capital gains tax rate changes will likely affect M&A activity if rate increases go into effect as anticipated at the end of 2012. Yet, the food and beverage executives who can navigate through these issues, with a strategic focus on growth, will come out ahead.
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The Corporate Finance practice of Grant Thornton LLP monitors the key factors affecting the food and beverage industry and focuses on the trends in specific sectors. Their experience with M&A transactions spans several hundred food and beverage industry clients, ranging from global conglomerates to middle-market companies in all sectors of the industry.