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February 2, 2018

JAB Holdings has cooled its coffee spending spree, striking a deal to buy its first cold drinks company, Dr Pepper Snapple, in a move which has bemused market commentators.

JAB Holdings has cooled its coffee spending spree, striking a deal to buy its first cold drinks company, Dr Pepper Snapple, in a move which has bemused market commentators.

Luxembourg-based JAB, which mainly controls the wealth of Germany’s Reimann family, has announced it will buy the US soft drink maker for $18.7 billion, and merge it with coffee pod producer Keurig Green Mountain, which JAB bought in 2015.

April 16, 2013

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy’s best-known entrepreneurs. His latest venture, a food retailer called Eataly, is among the world’s fastest-growing brands. Family has played a big role in his success.

The calling to be an entrepreneur came to me when I was young, at the age of just 20. I had an overriding desire to be an entrepreneur. At that time, in the late 1970s, I realised that the electronics industry was becoming increasingly important and I decided to start developing my activities in the sector.

February 23, 2012

Two family businesses operating in the US food industry have been sold – with the Guida family in Connecticut ending its involvement in dairy company Guida’s Milk and the Schweppe family in Illinois selling food service firm Schweppe.

Two family businesses operating in the US food industry have been sold – with the Guida family in Connecticut ending its involvement in dairy company Guida’s Milk and the Schweppe family in Illinois selling food service firm Schweppe.

Guida's Milk, which produces milk, cream and ice-cream mixes, as well as fruit juices, was sold to Dairy Farmers of America, a Kansas City-based co-operative, for an undisclosed sum.

February 7, 2012

The luxury sector is often not far from headlines – last year saw a number of acquisitions of luxury groups, with family businesses leading the way. But this year, the food industry looks to be consolidating operations, starting with an American family-owned food service distribution firm making a purchase.

The luxury sector is often not far from headlines – last year saw a number of acquisitions of luxury groups, with family businesses leading the way. But this year, the food industry looks to be consolidating operations, starting with an American family-owned food service distribution firm making a purchase.

Gordon Food Service, controlled by the Gordon family, has acquired fellow family-owned Perkins, in an attempt to increase market share in New England.

May 14, 2009

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture.

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated marisquerías, or seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture, writes Rodrigo Amaral.

May 8, 2008

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer.

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 84.

GFS, which was founded in 1897, is North America's largest private foodservice distributor with revenues of $5.9 billion.

Born on 13 July 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (pictured), Paul was the first son of Ben and Ruth Gordon. At the time, Ben was working for his father-in-law, Isaac, in the family grocery wholesaling business.

September 1, 2006

How do you inspire a generation with its own career aspirations and dreams to want to join and lead the family business? That’s the task for Chinese sauces giant Lee Kum Kee, as David Lee tells Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

How do you inspire a generation with its own career aspirations and dreams to want to join and lead the family business? That's the task for Chinese sauces giant Lee Kum Kee, as David Lee tells Melanie Stern

March 1, 2004

Cypriot-born Andreas Liveras made his fortune in England in the food business. But retirement left him wanting and so over the course of 20 years he built up one of the most successful yachting companies in the world. Liveras is currently building five splendid yachts aimed at the charter market.

Cypriot-born Andreas Liveras made his fortune in England in the food business. But retirement left him wanting and so over the course of 20 years he built up one of the most successful yachting companies in the world. Liveras is currently building five splendid yachts aimed at the charter market.

Monday
The hotel staff at Athens Airport wake me at 4.30am. By 5.45am I am sitting in my seat on Alitalia: destination Nice via Rome. I arrive at 10.30am and am driven to my office in Monaco by my secretary.

January 1, 2004

A virtual icon at American breakfast tables, Smucker’s jams have taken their rightful place as one of the family. To this day, family values remain a key ingredient of the company’s success

Dennis Jaffe is Professor at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco, author of Working With The Ones You Love and a founding member of the Aspen Family Business Group. 

Tim Habbershon is the Founding Director of the Institute for Family Enterprising at Babson College. He is a Professor of Entrepreneurship holding the President's Term Chair.

A virtual icon at American breakfast tables, Smucker's jams have taken their rightful place as one of the family. To this day, family values remain a key ingredient of the company's success

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