PepsiCo's Be & Cheery Acquisition Targets Online Snacks Growth in China

A selection of Be & Cheery snacks offered for sale online (Courtesy: Yamibuy)

This weekend, PepsiCo, Inc. announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Hangzhou Haomusi Food Co., Ltd. (“Be & Cheery”), one of the largest online snacks companies in China, from Haoxiangni Health Food Co., Ltd. (002582.SZ) (“Haoxiangni”) for USD 705 million.

PepsiCo has been operating in China for nearly 40 years and this transaction marks an important step in the company’s goal to become China’s leading consumer-centric food and beverage company.

Based in Hangzhou, Be & Cheery has many product offerings across nuts, dried fruits, meat snacks, baked goods and confectionery, and predominantly sells online through the major e-commerce platforms in China. The company’s strong data-led innovation capability and flexible manufacturing and sourcing enables it to quickly adjust its product portfolio to respond to changing consumer trends.

Ram Krishnan, CEO of PepsiCo Greater China:
 

“Be & Cheery is highly complementary to our existing China business with its broad product portfolio, asset light model, and focus on e-commerce.”

“As we look to accelerate growth in key markets around the world and further grow ‘in China, for China, with China’, Be & Cheery adds direct-to-consumer capability, positioning us to capitalize on continued growth in e-commerce, and a local brand that is able to stretch across a broad portfolio of products, through both online and offline channels.”

“We also expect to leverage Be & Cheery’s innovation and consumer insights capabilities to drive innovation in other key PepsiCo growth markets.”

Jubin Shi, Chairman of Haoxiangni:
 

“We are pleased to reach the agreement with PepsiCo. PepsiCo is a global leading food and beverage company with deep roots in China, and with its extensive route-to-market and innovation capabilities, PepsiCo can continue to further advance Be & Cheery’s growth.”

“Haoxiangni will focus on developing red dates and local specialty agricultural products in the future. We aim to expand our value chain and supply chain, in the purpose of supporting rural revitalization and achieving win-win outcomes for all.”

Haoqun Qiu, Chairman of Be & Cheery:
 

“We are thrilled to be joining the PepsiCo family.”

“Be & Cheery was founded to bring more people convenient and nutritious snacks. We believe PepsiCo’s strong branding and route-to-market capabilities as well as global supply chain network will help us deliver and expand on that mission.”

“PepsiCo and Be & Cheery are jointly confident in the prospects for China’s snacks industry and share a commitment to invest in consumer-led and digitalized capabilities. We are excited to join forces with them as we look to expand our reach and grow Be & Cheery to the next level.”

The transaction is subject to a Haoxiangni shareholder vote, certain regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

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