By Thierry Malleret, economist and founder, Monthly Barometer

By Thierry Malleret, economist and founder, Monthly Barometer

A big issue to watch is the extent to which changing/healthier eating habits will affect the future of the food industry – an issue that we’ve addressed on several occasions in the Wellness edition of The Monthly Barometer.

Organic, non-GMO products have ceased to be niche and are now growing three times as fast as their conventional counterparts. This month’s acquisition of White Wave Foods by Danone’s in a $10.4 billion takeover is the latest prominent manifestation in the flurry of M&A deals orchestrated to adapt to the fast-rising trend of wellness eating habits – consumers demanding simpler, less processed, more natural products. And in the U.S., this is leading to an over-performance in the share price of small organic or high-quality food companies.

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AuthorThierry Malleret, Economist and Founder, Monthly Barometer