The Australian agricultural industry is highly dependent on exports – 58 per cent of total food produce is sold overseas, of which East Asia is a significant part. Asian companies are diversifying their Australian portfolios from traditional sectors such as mining and property towards food and beverages.
Australia is China’s 6th largest supplier of food (behind the United States, Brazil, Canada, Argentina and Thailand) with exports valued at A$5.3 billion in 2016. The value of Australian exports of processed foods increased by an average more than 40 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Nonetheless Australian represent only a small proportion of East Asian food & beverage acquisitions, with only 15 of the 245 acquisitions in 2017 being of Australian entities, compared to 9 of the 274 acquisitions in 2016.
FOOD & BEVERAGE ACQUISITIONS (by region) by EAST ASIAN BUSINESSES - 2017
- New Zealand
- Rest of the World
- East Asia
David Thorn is the founder and CEO of Darway Pty Ltd. David works with companies to help grow their businesses in domestic and international markets via trade and investment. David also arranges debt finance for his clients and undertakes equity investments (as principal or agent).
Mark Ostryn is the founder and CEO of Strategic Transactions. Mark’s focus is to transact the sale or acquisition of a business at the optimal value and terms for the owner. This involves detailed market search, financial decision support and project management throughout the transaction.