RSM: Transactions and private equity investment in the food and drink industry

23 February 2023

The challenging environment for food and drink businesses has continued over the past 6 months as the industry has contended with inflation, squeezed margins and labour shortages. Businesses that are operating from a position of strength have been capitalising on the disruptive market conditions by making strategic acquisitions for future growth. Meanwhile, businesses with worrying capital structures will need to seek advice early on and remain open to alternative options including the accelerated sale of the whole business or non-core assets and accelerated funding.

During this webinar, our experts Stuart McCallum, Rhys Jennings, Jason Stone and Jasper Van Heesch will examine deal activity levels across the UK food and drink industry over the past 6 months and identify the subsectors experiencing the highest volumes. We will also cover private equity investment appetite and some key things to consider when looking to attract capital or embark upon a transaction during periods of significant change or financial distress. 


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Business leaders within the food and drink industry


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  • Stuart McCallum is RSM’s National Head of Food and Drink. His experience of F&D includes previously heading up an F&D team within the banking industry, funding growth plans and advising a clients on strategic planning aspects.
  • Jasper Van Heesch, a Director within our Private Equity coverage team, works alongside our various service specialist areas, from corporate finance to consulting, helping them address the needs of the PE investors and their portfolio companies as those companies move through the PE investment lifecycle. Jasper and his team have a regular dialogue with over 100 mid-market centric PE houses so have a good grasp of appetite and related trends.
  • Jason Stone, a Partner and Head of RSM’s special situations group has specific experience of helping businesses embark upon transactions during periods of significant change or financial distress. 
  • Rhys Jennings, an Associate Director within our mergers and acquisitions team specialises in advising food and drink businesses. Rhys will outline current market conditions and some tips for those considering embarking on a transaction in future.
RSM: Transactions and private equity investment in the food and drink industry