CHINA: The Hangzhou Wahaha Group eyes global acquisitions - report

By | 14 September 2012

The Hangzhou Wahaha Group has said it will look at global acquisitions in a bid to expand overseas, according to reports. 

Kelly Zong, head of international business at the China-based food and drinks group and daughter of owner Zong Qinghou, said the company is working with investment banks to identify deals in Europe and Australia, Bloomberg reported

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, Zong told Bloomberg Wahaha is interested in companies that can "help it source raw materials more efficiently and share distribution systems".

The company, which was last month rumoured to be the frontrunner in the bidding process for the snack unit of UK firm United Biscuits, is also eyeing the US as a potential market for entry.

Zong told Bloomberg the company wanted to take its products to Europe and the US.

"These countries are very regulated countries so we will have the best policy for [our] products ... so we won't be scared for food safety issues there." She added: "If I can bring a product to the US and Europe I can bring them all over the world."

Wahaha was a partner of Danone in China. In 2009, Danone sold its stake in Danone-Wahaha joint ventures to Chinese partners, following years of court battles across the globe. The joint venture deal had been signed in 1996.

Sectors: Soft drinks

Companies: Wahaha, Danone

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