Total consumer industry cross border M&A deals worth $4.5bn were announced globally in May 2021, led by Mondelez International ’s $2bn acquisition of Chipita , according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 68.6% over the previous month of $14.4bn and a drop of 12.4% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $5.16bn.

Comparing cross border M&A deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.28bn. At the country level, the Greece topped the list in terms of deal value at $2bn.

In terms of volumes, Europe emerged as the top region for consumer industry cross border M&A deals globally, followed by North America and then Middle East and Africa.

The top country in terms of cross border M&A deals activity in May 2021 was the US with six deals, followed by the UK with five and Germany with three.

In 2021, as of May, consumer cross border M&A deals worth $27.71bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 221.6% year on year.

consumer industry cross border M&A deals in May 2021: Top deals

The top five cross border M&A deals accounted for 55.4% of the overall value during May 2021.

The combined value of the top five consumer cross border M&A deals stood at $2.51bn, against the overall value of $4.5bn recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry cross border M&A deals of May 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Mondelez International’s $2bn acquisition of Chipita

2) The $255m acquisition of Bentley Laboratories by THG

3) Saputo ’s $155.03m acquisition of Bute Island Foods and Wisconsin Specialty Protein

4) The $59.51m acquisition of Edel Group by Victoria

5) Health House International ’s acquisition of CanPharma for $36.46m.