The biggest drinks acquisitions of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we round up a year of acquisitions which has seen two prominent British brewers snapped up by foreign investors, Constellation Brands agree a wine sale worth over US$1 billion, and the break-up of retailers Naked Wines and Majestic.

Constellation Brands has certainly been one of the most active in the acquisitions scene this year, taking both majority and minority stakes in a number of companies.

Its sale of just under 30 wine brands to E&J Gallo, however, was one of the biggest in the drinks industry this year.

In the UK, if 2018 was the year of the Conviviality collapse, 2019 marked the split of retailers Majestic and Naked. It was also an important year for the UK beer and pub industry, with a number of high profile deals involving Fuller’s, Greene King and Stonegate.

Elsewhere, this year has seen Campari invest heavily in rum, AB InBev sell off its Australian subsidiary, Diageo invest in non-alcoholic drinks for the first time, and a Chinese firm purchase a prominent Scotch producer.

Click through for a reminder of some of the biggest deals that were finalised in 2019…

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