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Agribusiness, Food & Beverage

American Appraisal provides valuation and consulting services to some of the world’s leading agribusiness, food and beverage firms.

Who We Serve
American Appraisal serves US and international companies operating in all niches of the agribusiness, food and beverage industry, including:

  • Agricultural land by soil types and production levels
  • Animal feed production facilities
  • Bakeries and bakery distribution companies
  • Beef, poultry, sheep and swine producers and processors, and further processing facilities
  • Beverage producers, bottlers and marketers
  • Biodiesel production facilities
  • Branded and private-label production
  • Cold storage facilities
  • Distilled liquor producers and processors
  • Ethanol production facilities
  • Feed lots
  • Food companies
  • Food processing, packaging and distribution facilities
  • Fruit, vegetable and nut producers and associated processing and distribution facilities
  • Grain production, storage and transport, including deep water terminals
  • Manufacturers of toppings, flavorings and spices
  • Vineyards and wineries

What We Do
We provide expertise in business enterprise and capital stock valuation and all classifications of tangible and intangible assets, including:

Tangible Assets Intangible Assets
Land  Trademarks and trade names
Land improvements and buildings Products/brands
Personal property  Customer/distributor relationships
Leasehold improvements Patents and patent applications
Construction in progress Research and development
  Leasehold interests
Noncompete agreements
Royalty agreements
  FDA approvals

Our valuation and consulting services for our clients in the agribusiness, food and beverage industry encompass:

Recent Experience
American Appraisal’s recent experience includes:

  • Annual property insurance appraisals for a nationwide dairy and soy producer
  • Fresh start reporting and impairment valuations for the nation’s largest chicken producer
  • Property tax valuation and consulting services for a California-based processor of pistachios, almonds and citrus fruits
  • Purchase price allocation services for a business combination involving branded national snack foods
  • Purchase price allocation services (both financial and tax) for the acquisition of an international poultry processing company involving real property at more than 50 facilities, personal property and various intangible assets
  • Purchase price allocation services for the acquisition of vineyards and a winery

Industry Conditions/Outlook
Recent trends toward consolidation in the food and beverage industry have focused on both cost reduction and market share control.  As commodity prices have increased, many larger food and beverage companies have looked to acquisitions to offset margin reductions through greater efficiency and product price growth.  With valuation multiples for many sectors at more attractive levels than prior years, M&A activity appears to be picking up. We have recently seen interest in both branded and private-label production, but strong brands with the ability to command premium pricing have been particularly attractive to buyers as cost reduction strategies have been maximized for many industry participants. 

Why American Appraisal?
American Appraisal has specialized experience in the valuation of all types of brand assets and large, operating food and beverage processing facilities encompassing real and personal property and other associated intangible assets.  We have performed valuation and consulting services for companies involved in all aspects of food production, marketing and distribution, from farms to warehousing and distribution centers.



Client Quotes

"Excellent service received.  Our American Appraisal consultant is an excellent representative for your company.  We intend to utilize additional services from your company as needed."

Vice President, Risk Management
CHS, Inc.

"... I have come to expect a very high level of performance from the American Appraisal team.  They are always very professional, extremely diligent and helpful during an engagement.  Their 'standard' performance is exceptional."

Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer
Flowers Foods, Inc.

"We appreciate the fast accommodation of our needs.  Thank you!"

Risk Analyst
ConAgra Foods, Inc.





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