Food & Agribusiness Group

BB&T Capital Markets is distinctly focused on the Food & Agribusiness sector with full service capabilities to serve the entire food channel, including distributors, agribusiness, food manufacturers and retailers as well as the restaurant sector. Our team of investment bankers, corporate lenders and award-winning equity research analysts combine industry depth with the broadest strategic tools available, including

Through our strong relationships with top strategic buyers and private equity firms, we are distinctly committed to the success of our clients.


In-house industry expert Heather Jones was recently named No. 1 in the national Starmine/Thompson Reuters Awards for Excellence for her stock recommendations in the food products industry

  • TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE: THS)

    BB&T Capital Markets’ Food & Agribusiness Group completed a transaction for a food manufacturer and distributor in the third quarter of 2014, in an equity offering worth $325,000,000. The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance a portion of the acquisition of Flagstone Foods, a manufacturer and distributor of snacks and dried fruits, which the Company expects to close in the third quarter of 2014. TreeHouse plans to finance the remaining portion of the acquisition through borrowings under its existing credit agreement.

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  • Ingles Markets

    On May 29, 2013, BB&T Capital Markets served as a lead manager on a $700 million offering of 5.75% senior notes by Ingles Markets. Proceeds from the ten-year notes offering are being used to repurchase Ingles’ existing 8.875% notes due 2017 and to repay amounts outstanding on its line of credit. This offering represents the second such lead mandate to which BB&T Capital Markets has been invited by Ingles.

  • Senior Notes - Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • Acquisition - IFH Foodservice Distribution
  • Senior Notes - Ruby Tuesday
  • Senior Notes - Flowers Foods
  • Senior Credit Facility - R.A. Jeffrey's Distributing Company, LLC
  • Co-Manager Secondary - United Natural Foods

Our Areas of Expertise

Agriculture, Livestock & Food Safety

Crop Inputs;  Grains, Sugar, Cocoa, & Oilseeds; Milling & Processing; Transportation, Logistics, & Storage; Growers; Protein Processors; Poultry; Seafood; Beef; Pork; Eggs; Dairy; Animal Feed / Health & Wellness; Food Safety, Testing, & Inspection

Food Products

Branded Goods; Private Label & Contract Manufacturing; Fresh Fruit, Vegetables, & Produce; Flavors & Seasonings; Sweeteners; Ethnic, Artisanal, & Specialty; Protein Products; Dairy Processing; Frozen & Prepared Foods; Baked Goods; Edible Oils; Snack & Confectionery; Chocolate; Fruit & Nut Snacks; Cookies, Crackers, & Chips; Cakes, Pies, & Pastries; Ice Cream & Frozen Treats

Alcoholic Beverages

Beer & Wine; Spirits; Distribution

Non‐Alcoholic Beverages

Soda; Energy Drinks; Water; Coffee & Tea; Specialty


Broadline; Foodservice; Specialty; Ethnic


Grocery; Drug & Convenience; Foodservice; Restaurants; Bakery & Deli; Franchisor / Franchisee Groups

Health & Wellness

Nutraceuticals; Vitamins & Supplements; Natural & Organic; Healthy Living

The Outlook for Food and Agribusiness

Heather JonesSenior Industry Research AnalystFood and AgribusinessPlay The Video