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Untitled Document Food and Beverage Outlook

How are top trends like private labels, health and wellness, and sustainability impacting food and beverage companies in Canada? Which products are recession-wary consumers spending their money on? How can emerging markets and social media strategies help food and beverage companies grow and succeed? Plus, why the outlook for 2011 is good for mergers and acquisitions in the sector. And how focusing on the fundamentals can help you get the most value out of an M&A transaction. All this from our January podcasts, featuring Sebastian Distefano, and Dave Kennedy from KPMG.

Hear what's driving the deals:

Dave Kennedy
Senior Vice President & Director,
KPMG Corporate Finance Inc.

Find out more about the world of mergers and acquisitions. How can companies position themselves for a valuable transaction?


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Dave Kennedy is a Senior Vice President & Director of KPMG Corporate Finance Inc., and has over 20 years experience assisting public and private companies with corporate divestitures, mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity financing. Based in Toronto, Dave leads KPMG’s M&A team focusing on food & beverage processing. Many of Dave’s clients are companies and shareholders seeking liquidity through full or partial sale to a strategic party or private equity fund.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Toronto, a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D certification.

Sebastian Distefano
National Industry Leader, Food, Beverage and Consumer Products, KPMG

Learn more about the key issues facing Canadian food and beverage companies and the steps being taken to survive and grow in our changing economic climate.


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Sebastian Distefano is a KPMG partner and is the National Industry leader of the firm’s Food, Beverage and Consumer Products practice. For more than 15 years, Sebastian has helped public and private companies in the retail, manufacturing and distribution sectors with audit and advisory engagements, including due diligence reviews for food manufacturers and distributors. Based in Toronto, Sebastian also has extensive experience assisting consumer markets clients with the implementation of new IFRS-based financial instruments, hedging, inventory, goodwill and intangible assets standards.
Sebastian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, and is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant.


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