A profound shift in the global economy from developed to emerging markets has changed the landscape for the world’s leading food and beverage manufacturers.

The past few years of economic hardship and fluctuating fortunes in different geographic regions have brought about extraordinary investment activity, restructuring, cost cutting and repositioning in the ranks at the world’s leading food and beverage companies.

Nowhere has Top 100 activity been greater than in emerging markets where sector growth, fuelled by the burgeoning middle classes and rising incomes, has posed an attractive stream of investment for food and beverage manufacturers. Here, companies have sought acquisitions of and partnerships with their counterparts, and activity has reaped rewards for the successful players and stimulated these countries’ economies even further.

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