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closed 11/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

Michelin Guide, acquired Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

synopsis: MICHELIN Guide is a French-based guide that now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, has acquired The Wine Advocate, the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts.
buyer parent: Michelin
buyer: Michelin Guide
Thanks to its serious and unique approach, the MICHELIN Guides became best-sellers without equals: the guide now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, and more than 30 million MICHELIN Guides have been sold worldwide since. "
target: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Wine Advocate is the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts. Offering detailed consumer advice, it gives readers invaluable information on the world of wine as well as a wealth of reviews from unbiased experts.
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closed 9/9/2015 via PR Newswire

Vinous, acquired Loam Baby

synopsis: Vinous Founder Antonio Galloni announced the acquisition of wine zine Loam Baby. "Loam Baby is one of the most refreshing and irreverent publications I have seen in a long time. We are thrilled to bring Loam Baby onto the Vinous platform, and welcome author R.H. Drexel to our editorial team," said Galloni.
buyer: Vinous
At the intersection of wine, media and technology, Vinous brings together tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a seamless, continually streamed platform that represents a modern-day vision of independent wine criticism. "
target: Loam Baby
First published by author R.H. Drexel in 2012, Loam Baby has quickly built a cult following for an intimate and irreverent take on the wine world that has garnered attention from numerous publications, including Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine, Wine & Spirits, Wine Spectator, Punch Drink and Imbibe.
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closed 3/29/2017 via Company Press Release

Bevvy, acquired Cocktail Enthusiast

synopsis: Bevvy has acquired Cocktail Enthusiast. Cocktail Enthusiast was founded in 2009 by food and drink writer, Kevin Gray. Over the years, Kevin has built a team that has contributed thousands of reviews, recipes and articles while offering expert tips to help readers across the globe drink better.
buyer: Bevvy
Bevvy is a place for discovering and sharing drink recipes, photos, spirit reviews, expert advice, personal collections, profiles, and more. It's a place for finding inspiration and spreading passion for modern drink culture. "
target: Cocktail Enthusiast
Cocktail Enthusiast was founded in 2009 by food and drink writer, Kevin Gray. Over the years, Kevin has built a small but dedicated team of journalists and industry professionals that has contributed thousands of reviews, recipes and articles while offering expert tips to help readers drink better.
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closed 4/6/2018 via BNC Analysis

E. Leclerc S.A., acquired WineAdvisor SAS

synopsis: The E.Leclerc group has acquired the WineAdvisor application. Created in 2014 by Cédric Morelle and Alexandre Thériot, the French application WineAdvisor is a platform that allows users to share their discoveries and opinions with one of the most important communities of wine lovers.
buyer: E. Leclerc S.A.
E.Leclerc is a French cooperative society and hypermarket chain, headquartered in Ivry-sur-Seine. E.Leclerc was established on 1 January 1948 by Édouard Leclerc. "
target: WineAdvisor SAS
Created in 2014 by Cédric Morelle and Alexandre Thériot, the French application WineAdvisor is a platform that allows users to share their discoveries and opinions with one of the most important communities of wine lovers.
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closed 12/8/2016 via PR Newswire

Vinous, acquired Delectable

synopsis: Vinous announced its acquisition of the wine app Delectable. Delectable allows users to scan a wine label with their smartphones and immediately pull up reviews and tasting notes from a rich community of fellow wine lovers. Delectable is a team of technologists, designers, winemakers and artists building technology to reinvent wine.
buyer: Vinous
At the intersection of wine, media and technology, Vinous brings together tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a seamless, continually streamed platform that represents a modern-day vision of independent wine criticism. "
target: Delectable
Delectable is a team of technologists, designers, winemakers and artists building technology to reinvent wine. As both wine consumers and wine professionals they know firsthand that understanding wine is hard. They believe it should be easy.
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closed 12/8/2016 via PR Newswire

Vinous, acquired Banquet App

synopsis: Vinous announced its acquisition of the wine app Banquet. Banquet, sister app of Delectable, makes it easy for users to locate and purchase wines. The Banquet engineering team will join Vinous as part of the acquisition, and both apps will continue to operate as they do currently. Banquet provides a seamless portal to help readers purchase wines.
buyer: Vinous
At the intersection of wine, media and technology, Vinous brings together tasting notes, interactive maps and multimedia in a seamless, continually streamed platform that represents a modern-day vision of independent wine criticism. "
target: Banquet App
Banquet provides a seamless portal to help readers purchase wines. Banquet is the sister app of Delectable, the second most downloaded app in wine.
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closed 2/7/2019 via BNC Analysis

ZX Ventures, acquired RateBeer, LLC

synopsis: ZX Ventures, the venture capital division of global brewer AB InBev, has acquired RateBeer, a beer ratings website. RateBeer provides the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of beers from all around the world. RateBeer also offers a forum where beer enthusiasts can can talk about beer and stay up-to-date with industry news.
buyer parent: AB InBev
buyer: ZX Ventures
ZX Ventures is the venture capital division AB InBev, the world’s leading global brewer. They operate multiple global business units of varying adjacency to their core beer business: international craft & specialties beer, eCommerce, homebrewing, brand experience, and exploration. "
target: RateBeer, LLC
Founded in 2000, RateBeer is a beer ratings website. RateBeer provides the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of beers from all around the world. RateBeer also offers a forum where beer enthusiasts can can talk about beer and stay up-to-date with industry news.
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closed 3/7/2019 via BNC Analysis

Proof Network Ventures, acquired Drync

synopsis: Proof Network Ventures Inc., a technology development and data solutions company serving the beverage alcohol industry, announced its acquisition of Drync, a private-label mobile application and ecommerce solution for beverage alcohol retailers.
buyer: Proof Network Ventures
Proof Network Ventures is a technology development company that builds and scales enterprise software products for the global beverage alcohol industry. "
target: Drync
Drync is a private-label mobile application and ecommerce solution for beverage alcohol retailers. It is primarily a mobile software application that helps users to discover and buy wine. Drync mobile app provides reviews and comments for wines listed in its database.
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closed 9/17/2014 via PR Web

Granbury Solutions, acquired WineWeb Enterprises, Inc.

synopsis: Granbury Solutions has completed the asset acquisition of WineWeb.com, a leading provider of technology for the wine industry. WineWeb, based in Santa Fe, NM, offers wineries nationwide a solid, easy-to-use e-commerce platform with integrated website management, customer relationship management, wine club, and point-of-sale.
buyer: Granbury Solutions
Granbury Restaurant Solutions is a leading provider of restaurant technology specializing in complete solutions for pizza delivery, quick service, and fast casual restaurant operations. Its point-of-sale solutions help restaurant owners operate more profitably and securely. "
target: WineWeb Enterprises, Inc.
the Wineweb ® is an electronic marketplace for wine. They provide information on wineries and wines to consumers so they can research and buy wine online. They maintain the largest directory of wineries from all over the world, currently over 40,000 wineries.
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closed 7/22/2016 via BNC Analysis

Content Checked Holdings, Inc., acquired Honest Cooking Media, LLC

synopsis: Content Checked Holdings, Inc. completed the acquisition of Honest Cooking Media LLC by and among the Company, Honest Cooking and Kalle Bergman, the sole member and 100% owner. Honest Cooking is an award winning digital culinary magazine that strives to change the face of online food media.
buyer: Content Checked Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK:CNCK:$0.87)
Content Checked Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of a family of mobile applications for individuals with specific dietary restrictions or preferences. Their first app, ContentCehcked , focuses on serving people with food allergies. "
target parent: Kalle Bergan
target: Honest Cooking Media, LLC
Honest Cooking is an award winning digital culinary magazine that strives to change the face of online food media. It features over 1,000 of the world's most interesting food and beverage writers, bloggers, photographers and chefs.
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closed 1/9/2015 via Yahoo, Inc.

Time Out Hong Kong, acquired WOM Guide

synopsis: Rubicon Communications, publisher of Time Out Hong Kong has acquired WOM Guide. Known for its savvy band of independent reviewers, and informative and witty commentary, WOM is a lifestyle platform comprising an indispensable annual restaurant guide, engaging website and popular events catering to Hong Kong's urban professionals who love dining out.
buyer: Time Out Hong Kong
Rubicon Communications Ltd publishes the multi-award winning Time Out Hong Kong magazine. Rubicon also publishes the China edition of M life magazine for MGM Macau, which targets Macau-bound jetsetters from China and around the world. "
target: WOM Guide
WOM guide is a comprehensive and unique online food magazine and restaurant guide. It features over 2,000 restaurants in Hong Kong, and its members log on to WOMguide.com to share opinions on the restaurants they have experienced.
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closed 2/27/2019 via PR Newswire

Vinesse Wines, acquired Touring & Tasting

synopsis: Vinesse Wines, a wine club that specializes in helping wine lovers discover interesting wines, has acquired Touring & Tasting Marketing and Media, a wine focused media company. Touring & Tasting offers an array of compelling marketing and new media opportunities, including a magazine, wine festivals, wine clubs, a multi-media website, and more.
buyer: Vinesse Wines
Vinesse is a wine club that specializes in helping wine lovers discover interesting wines. Vinesse operates ten wine clubs that offer exceptional wines from amazing boutique wineries. Vinesse also offers wine collections, wine accessories and individual wine sales to wine lovers across the U.S. "
target: Touring & Tasting
Established in 1995, Touring & Tasting is a wine focused media company. Touring & Tasting offers an array of compelling marketing and new media opportunities, including a premium bi-annual magazine, wine festivals, wine clubs, a multi-media website, and more.
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closed 7/19/2013 via PR Newswire

Foley Family Wines, acquired Touring & Tasting

synopsis: Bill Foley, founder of Foley Family Wines, announced that he has acquired Touring & Tasting Marketing and Media, the industry leader in wine tourism. In addition to producing the renowned, national Touring & Tasting magazine, the company provides turnkey, multi-tiered marketing and promotional programs to wine country businesses.
buyer: Foley Family Wines
Established in 1996 by Bill Foley with the acquisition of Lincourt Vineyards in California's Santa Ynez Valley, Foley Family Wines has grown to become a major producer, marketer, and distributor of highly-acclaimed, handcrafted wines from many of the world's great vineyards. "
target: Touring & Tasting
Established in 1995, Touring & Tasting offers an array of compelling marketing and new media opportunities through its biannual, nationally distributed magazine; new multi-platform tools; wine club services; weekly e-newsletter; print newsletter; and Website.
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closed 6/15/2010 via BusinessWire

M. Shanken Communications, acquired Malt Advocate, Inc.

synopsis: M. Shanken Communications, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Malt Advocate, Inc., a publishing and events company specializing in high-end whisky and other spirits. The deal brings Malt Advocate magazine and WhiskyFest events under the M. Shanken umbrella, creating new synergies for both companies.
buyer: M. Shanken Communications
M. Shanken Communications, Inc. publishes consumer and trade magazines including Wine Spectator, Cigar Aficionado, Food Arts, Market Watch and Impact. The company also stages events around the country, including Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smokes, the Wine Spectator’s Wine Experiences and Grand Tours. "
target: Malt Advocate, Inc.
Malt Advocate magazine is America's leading whisky magazine. It's the number one source for whisky information, education and entertainment for whisky enthusiasts.
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closed 9/12/2016 via BNC Analysis

TimetoCleanse Australia, acquired Gluten Free Pages

synopsis: TimetoCleanse Australia, a health and nutrition website and an independent associate for Isagenix Australia, has acquired Glutenfreepages.com.au. Gluten Free Pages provides an extensive database of helpful resources for finding gluten-free foods, restaurants, shops, and supermarkets.
buyer: TimetoCleanse Australia
TimetoCleanse Australia is a health and nutrition website and an independent associate for Isagenix products in Australia. They offer consumers the lowest prices on the complete Isagenix Australia product range to help people lose weight, boost energy levels and enhance athletic performance. "
target: Gluten Free Pages
Gluten Free Pages provides an extensive database of helpful resources for finding gluten-free foods, restaurants, shops, and supermarkets. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Newport, Australia.
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closed 5/25/2016 via PR Newswire

Foodie Blogroll merged with Yummie Nation,

synopsis: The new "Yummie Nation" is created by the merger of influencer platform and ad network Foodie Blogroll and the original Yummie Nation, an influencer talent network and food media marketing and event organization. The Foodie Blogroll is the original Food Blog Network started by bloggers for bloggers.
buyer: Yummie Nation
Yummie Nation isn't an average influencer network. This powerful new platform and content ecosystem unites influencers, brands and everyday cooks through a common love of food. "
target: Foodie Blogroll
The Foodie Blogroll is the original Food Blog Network started by bloggers for bloggers! Their community grows organically from the suggestions of their members.
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announced 5/22/2012 via BNC Analysis

SingTel, will acquire HungryGoWhere

synopsis: Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) announced that it has acquired 100% of GTW Holdings Private Limited, the owners of HungryGoWhere. HungryGoWhere is a website that allows users to locate food, based off of location, pricing and reviews.
buyer parent: Temasek Holdings
buyer: SingTel (SGX:Z74:$12,547.59)
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. "
target parent: Walden International
target: HungryGoWhere
HungryGoWhere is a search engine that allows users to find out the type of food, pricing, location and other relevant information within a country.
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announced 5/15/2012 via PR Newswire

CollegeBudget.com, will acquire MunchOnMe.com

synopsis: CollegeBudget.com, the leading student-exclusive shopping platform, announced that it has agreed to acquire MunchOnMe.com, a food discovery and discount portal from Y Combinator's summer 2011 batch. The acquisition will add a passionate food-centric user base to CollegeBudget's large network of college students and merchants.
buyer: CollegeBudget.com
CollegeBudget.com is revolutionizing student discounts. The service saves college students money through student-exclusive deals and collective social buying. CollegeBudget's mission is to bring savings to every facet of the college experience, including textbooks, and student loans. "
target: MunchOnMe.com
MunchOnMe.com is a food discovery portal that connects people with great food at great prices in local communities. MunchOnMe.com enjoys success promoting local eateries in college towns across the nation.
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closed 11/18/2010 via BusinessWire

Federated Media Publishing, acquired Foodbuzz, Inc.

synopsis: Federated Media Publishing (FM), a media company that powers the best of the independent web, announced the acquisition of Foodbuzz, the leading online food property. Exclusive relationships with more than 4,400 independent food bloggers allow Foodbuzz to reach more than 14 million unique users per month.
buyer: Federated Media Publishing
Federated Media (FM) is a next-generation media company that connects the world’s largest brand advertisers with the Internet’s most innovative media brands and platforms. "
target: Foodbuzz, Inc.
Foodbuzz is the largest online food community and the fastest growing food property on the web, reaching 14 million people each month. It also partners with hundreds of brands to provide a comprehensive engagement platform featuring contextual display advertising.
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closed 8/22/2018 via BNC Analysis

ShopGun ApS, acquired Mattilbud

synopsis: ShopGun, a shopping planner mobile app in Denmark, has acquired Mattilbud, a mobile app that provides users with easy access to all offers from all food stores across Norway. Mattilbud allows users to find all of the best offers and discounts from various food stores, including Rema 1000, Meny, Kiri, Rimi, Joker, Spar, 7-Eleven, and more.
buyer: ShopGun ApS
Founded in 2009, ShopGun is a shopping planner mobile app in Denmark. ShopGun allows users to easily create shopping lists. The app also provides catalogs with offers from local stores to inspire shoppers and help them save time and money. "
target: Mattilbud
Mattilbud is a mobile app that provides users with easy access to all offers from all food stores across Norway. Mattilbud allows users to find all of the best offers and discounts from various food stores, including Rema 1000, Meny, Kiri, Rimi, Joker, Spar, 7-Eleven, and more.
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closed 11/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

Michelin Guide, acquired Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

synopsis: MICHELIN Guide is a French-based guide that now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, has acquired The Wine Advocate, the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts.
buyer parent: Michelin
buyer: Michelin Guide
Thanks to its serious and unique approach, the MICHELIN Guides became best-sellers without equals: the guide now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, and more than 30 million MICHELIN Guides have been sold worldwide since. "
target: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Wine Advocate is the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts. Offering detailed consumer advice, it gives readers invaluable information on the world of wine as well as a wealth of reviews from unbiased experts.
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closed 11/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

Michelin Guide, acquired Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

synopsis: MICHELIN Guide is a French-based guide that now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, has acquired The Wine Advocate, the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts.
buyer parent: Michelin
buyer: Michelin Guide
Thanks to its serious and unique approach, the MICHELIN Guides became best-sellers without equals: the guide now rates over 30,000 establishments in over 30 territories across three continents, and more than 30 million MICHELIN Guides have been sold worldwide since. "
target: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The Wine Advocate is the leading wine publication influencing serious wine buyers and essential reading for both wine professionals and enthusiasts. Offering detailed consumer advice, it gives readers invaluable information on the world of wine as well as a wealth of reviews from unbiased experts.
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closed 8/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

DineOut, acquired Binge Digital

synopsis: Dine-In, a digital menu product which enables variable and dynamic pricing for the restaurant industry, has acquired Binge, a food search and discovery app, providing in-depth information for menus at restaurants.
buyer parent: The Times Group
buyer: DineOut
Based in India, Dine-In is a digital menu product which enables variable and dynamic pricing for the restaurant industry utilizing data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI), allowing customers to view digital menus with images directly on their phone and to place an order with just a tap. "
target: Binge Digital
Based in India, Binge is a food search and discovery app, providing in-depth information for menus at restaurants. Binge is used by consumers across New Delhi to discover, rate, and review food, as well as create their own personal networks of fellow food enthusiasts for trusted recommendations.
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The Infatuation, will acquire Zagat

synopsis: The Infatuation, a website, app, newsletter, and recommendation platform designed to help people find the perfect restaurant for every situation, is to acquire Zagat, the world's most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information, from Google.
buyer: The Infatuation
The Infatuation is a website, app, newsletter, and recommendation platform designed to help people find the perfect restaurant for every situation. They operate out of New York, Los Angeles, London, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Washington DC, Austin, and more. "
target parent: Google
target: Zagat
Zagat is the world's most trusted source for consumer-generated survey information. With a worldwide network of surveyors, Zagat rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories.
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closed 1/24/2018 via BNC Analysis

RailYatri, acquired YatraChef

synopsis: RailYatri, India’s leading travel platform for the discerning Indian train traveler, has acqui-hired YatraChef, an online marketplace that connects travelers on Indian Railways to the best and finest restaurants, fast food chains and caterers across India.
buyer: RailYatri
RailYatri is India’s leading travel platform for the discerning Indian train traveler. RailYatri provides information on live train status, PNR Status, seat availability predictions, fare calculator, platforms/ facilities at stations, personalized alerts, and access to essential travel services. "
target: YatraChef
YatraChef is an online Marketplace aggregator connecting the travelers of the Indian Railways to the best and finest restaurants, fast food chains and caterers across India, thus making it possible for the passengers to have their favorite food while they travel.
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closed 7/3/2017 via Company Press Release

BookMyShow, acquired Burrp

synopsis: BookMyShow announced that it has acquired Mumbai based local food and restaurant recommendation engine Burrp business from Network18 on a going concern basis pursuant to slump sale. This Network18 divestment has been made to Foodfesta Wellcare Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of BigTree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
buyer parent: Bigtree Entertainment Pvt Ltd
buyer: BookMyShow
BookMyShow is India’s largest online entertainment ticketing platform that allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site. BookMyShow is now present in over 650 towns and cities across India. "
target parent: Reliance Industries Limited
target: Burrp
Burrp is a Mumbai based local food and restaurant recommendation engine. Burrp has been making eating out easier since 2006. Burrp! lists over 65,000+ partners and has garnered over 6,50,000 mobile app downloads.
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closed 6/16/2015 via PR Newswire

Tasting Table, acquired Flavour

synopsis: Tasting Table, a digital epicurean media brand, has acquired Flavour. Flavour is an app with an elegant design and innovative algorithm for vetting restaurants that aggregates reviews from top critics, essential local publications and informed industry experts, mining social graph data to distill the most noteworthy restaurants in top food cities.
buyer: Tasting Table
Tasting Table is a website and newsletter for culinary enthusiasts. They eat high and low to bring customers discerning dining advice, recipes and news from the world of food and drink. "
target: Flavour
Flavour connects with chefs, local experts, and notable publications to provide a curated experience that best represents a city's food scene. After taking into account crowdsourced perspectives of a restaurant, Flavour distills all of this information for their customers.
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closed 1/12/2015 via PR Newswire

Zomato, acquired Urbanspoon

synopsis: Zomato, a leading restaurant search app, announced it has acquired Urbanspoon, a leading restaurant discovery app that aggregates reviews from professional food critics, bloggers, and local diners to help people everywhere decide where and what to eat.
buyer: Zomato
Zomato is a leading restaurant search service that provides in-depth information for over a million restaurants across 22 countries. Zomato can be accessed online or via their interactive iOS and Android apps. "
target parent: IAC
target: Urbanspoon
Urbanspoon is a leading restaurant discovery app that aggregates reviews from professional food critics, bloggers, and local diners to help people everywhere decide where and what to eat. It is available on the web and through its popular iPhone, Android, and Windows applications.
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closed 1/9/2015 via Yahoo, Inc.

Time Out Hong Kong, acquired WOM Guide

synopsis: Rubicon Communications, publisher of Time Out Hong Kong has acquired WOM Guide. Known for its savvy band of independent reviewers, and informative and witty commentary, WOM is a lifestyle platform comprising an indispensable annual restaurant guide, engaging website and popular events catering to Hong Kong's urban professionals who love dining out.
buyer: Time Out Hong Kong
Rubicon Communications Ltd publishes the multi-award winning Time Out Hong Kong magazine. Rubicon also publishes the China edition of M life magazine for MGM Macau, which targets Macau-bound jetsetters from China and around the world. "
target: WOM Guide
WOM guide is a comprehensive and unique online food magazine and restaurant guide. It features over 2,000 restaurants in Hong Kong, and its members log on to WOMguide.com to share opinions on the restaurants they have experienced.
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closed 10/24/2014 via BNC Analysis

Yelp, acquired Restaurant-Kritik

synopsis: Yelp has boosted its presence in Europe after announcing the acquisition of Restaurant-Kritik, a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany.
buyer: Yelp (YELP:$787.22)
Yelp is an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. "
target: Restaurant-Kritik
Restaurant-Kritik is a restaurant review service in Germany. Restaurant-Kritik claims to have over 330,000 reviews of more than 94,000 restaurants across Germany.
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closed 8/12/2013 via BNC Analysis

Groupon, Inc., acquired Plumfare

synopsis: Plumfare, a mobile discovery app, has been acquired by Groupon. Plumfare, Inc. develops mobile discovery and gifting application for food and photography. The company provides social gifting web and iOS application that offers gifts.
buyer: Groupon, Inc. (GRPN:$2,503.80)
Groupon is a global leader in local commerce, making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great businesses at unbeatable prices. Groupon provides merchants with a suite of products and services, credit card payments processing capabilities and point-of-sale solutions. "
target: Plumfare
Plumfare is a social gifting mobile app and website that provide a solution for sending fast and easy gifts and experiences, and helping users discover new restaurants. Plumfare users take pictures of their food and suggest those items to friends. Then they are able to gift those items to friends.
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Waitrose Limited, acquired The Good Food Guide

synopsis: The Good Food Guide has been bought for an undisclosed sum by Waitrose. The Good Food Guide Limited publishes restaurant guide on the the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK.
buyer: Waitrose Limited
Waitrose has 262 supermarkets and combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop. It is dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service. "
target: The Good Food Guide
Since 1951, The Good Food Guide has reviewed the best restaurants, pubs and cafés across the UK. Each year, the Guide is completely rewritten and compiled from scratch.
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Times City, acquired Gawbl

synopsis: TimesCity has acquired Gawbl, a mobile product company empowering users to discover new places to eat based on their mood. Gawbl is a mobile app with a unique recommendation engine, that matches a user’s mood with restaurants nearby.
buyer parent: Times of India Group
buyer: Times City
Timescity.com is a leading destination site helping users discover the best in their city. Timescity.com is the ultimate online guide for exploring the best of restaurants, nightlife, events and movies. "
target: Gawbl
Gawbl suggests food based on users mood. An application that helps users to quickly decide where they would like to eat based on their mood at that moment.
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announced 1/29/2013 via PR Newswire

Open Table, Inc., will acquire Foodspotting, Inc.

synopsis: OpenTable, Inc., the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foodspotting, an app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants.
buyer: Open Table, Inc. (OPEN:$198.33)
OpenTable is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. "
target: Foodspotting, Inc.
Foodspotting is an app for finding and sharing great dishes at restaurants. The Foodspotting website and mobile apps allow users to find dishes recommended by spotters, friends and experts like The Travel Channel, Chow and Mario Batali.
price ($mm)
$10
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/24/2012 via PR Newswire

Yelp, acquired Qype

synopsis: Yelp Inc., the company that connects consumers with great local businesses, announced it has acquired Qype, Europe's largest local reviews site where people can share their experiences and give feedback on the consumer decisions they make every day.
buyer: Yelp (YELP:$787.22)
Yelp is an online urban city guide that helps people find cool places to eat, shop, drink, relax and play, based on the informed opinions of a vibrant and active community of locals in the know. "
target: Qype
Qype, Europe's largest user-generated local reviews site, was founded in Hamburg in 2006. Qype was founded as a community where people could share their experiences and give feedback on the consumer decisions they make every day.
price ($mm)
$39
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2012 via BNC Analysis

AirBed & Breakfast, Inc., acquired Fondu

synopsis: AirBed & Breadkfast, Inc. announced the acquisition of getSpotOn, Inc. getSpotOn, Inc. operates Fondu, a community that enables members to share their opinions about places to eat and drink.
buyer: AirBed & Breakfast, Inc.
Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world online or from an iPhone device. "
target: Fondu
getSpotOn, Inc. operates Fondu, a community that enables members to share their opinions about places to eat and drink. Fondu is a simple way to see what people you know think about places you want to try.
price ($mm)
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announced 7/26/2012 via BNC Analysis

Optus, will acquire Eatability Pty Limited

synopsis: Optus buys Eatability Pty Limited, a local guide designed to help consumers find out what's best in every town and city in Australia. They list all types of businesses to let them share their experiences with each other.
buyer parent: Temasek Holdings
buyer: Optus
Optus is the second largest telecommunication company in Australia. The company delivers communications, information technology, and entertainment services. "
target: Eatability Pty Limited
Eatability is a local guide designed to help consumers find out what's best in every town and city in Australia. They list all types of businesses to let them share their experiences with each other.
price ($mm)
$6.23
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/8/2011 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Zagat

synopsis: Google has acquired Zagat, one of the most well-known names in restaurant reviews. Zagat is best known for its small guidebooks that offer reviews and recommendations on restaurants around the world. Zagat was founded in 1979, and includes ratings and reviews submitted by 350,000 surveyors.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$155,058.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Zagat
With ratings and reviews based on the opinions of over 350,000 surveyors from around the globe, Zagat has become the world's most trusted source to help consumers make informed decisions about restaurants, nightspots, hotels, attractions and other leisure activities.
price ($mm)
$151
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/29/2009 via PR Newswire

IAC/InterActiveCorp, acquired Urbanspoon

synopsis: IAC has announced the acquisition of Urbanspoon, a leading online local restaurant guide that aggregates restaurant reviews from across the web, from newspapers and professional food critics to bloggers and diners.
buyer: IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC:$4,643.48)
IAC operates more than 35 leading and diversified Internet businesses across 40 countries... our mission is to harness the power of interactivity to make daily life easier and more productive for people all over the world. "
target: Urbanspoon
Urbanspoon is a leading online local restaurant guide that aggregates restaurant reviews from across the web, from newspapers and professional food critics to bloggers and diners.
price ($mm)
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closed 9/28/2017 via PR Web

Cameron + Company, acquired San Francisco Cuisine Magazine

synopsis: Cameron + Company, publisher of quality books with a focus on photography, art, food & wine, children’s, and publications of regional interest, has acquired San Francisco Cuisine Magazine, the premier culinary guide to the Bay Area. San Francisco Cuisines includes current menus, descriptions and photographs of the top restaurants and wineries.
buyer: Cameron + Company
Founded in 1964, Cameron + Company, Inc. is a media company rich in book publishing history with recent expansion into licensing, merchandising, TV/Film, digital media and other forms of media. Cameron + Company's business divisions include Cameron Books, Cameron Studios and Roundtree Press. "
target: San Francisco Cuisine Magazine
For more than a decade, San Francisco Cuisine has been the Bay Area's Premier Culinary Guide to Fine Restaurants and Wineries - the ultimate restaurant, recipe and winery resource for foodies, travelers and industry insiders.
price ($mm)
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closed 10/3/2011 via BusinessWire

Gilt City, acquired DinePrivate.com

synopsis: Gilt City, the leading online site for luxury services and experiences, has acquired DinePrivate.com, a free guide and booking system for private dining and social/corporate events at New York’s top restaurants. Dine Private provides a fast and efficient way to reserve private dining venues while customizing the experience.
buyer parent: Gilt Groupe
buyer: Gilt City
Gilt City provides access to unique and coveted lifestyle experience in the world’s most dynamic cities—at insider prices. Each sale lasts a limited time and features a city’s most sought-after restaurants, spas, concerts, cultural offerings and more. "
target: DinePrivate.com
DinePrivate.com is a fine-dining booking engine that enables consumers to research and book private dining rooms throughout New York City. Dine Private provides a fast and efficient way to reserve private dining venues while customizing the experience – all through the convenience of the Web.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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announced 3/17/2018 via BNC Analysis

Class Editori SpA, will acquire Gambero Rosso SpA

synopsis: Class Editori, a publishing house leader in Italy, will acquire a 67.48% stake in Gambero Rosso from Professioni Imprese Mestieri, a company owned by Gambero Rosso chairman Paolo Cuccia. Gambero Rosso is the leading company in the food and wine sector in Italy. The company publishes guides and a monthly magazine, and organizes wine roadshows.
buyer: Class Editori SpA
Class Editori is a publishing house leader in Italy. Their daily newspapers provide financial news for economists, lawyers, bankers, and other professionals. They publish various magazines for business professionals and consumers that cover the topics of finance, fashion, luxury, and lifestyle. "
target parent: Professioni Imprese Mestieri S.p.A.
target: Gambero Rosso SpA
Founded in 1986, Gambero Rosso is the leading company in the food and wine sector in Italy. The company publishes guides and a monthly magazine about food and wine, organizes wine roadshows, and operates a TV channel that is entirely dedicated to food and wine.
price ($mm)
$18*
rev ($mm)
$20
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
1.4x
EV / EBITDA
6.2x

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