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February 2, 2018

The families behind Mars, LL Bean, and Lockton are just some of the speakers which attendees at Campden Wealth’s 11th Americas Families in Business Conference can look forward to.

The families behind Mars, LL Bean, and Lockton are just some of the speakers which attendees at Campden Wealth’s 11th Americas Families in Business Conference can look forward to.

This private event on 6 and 7 March will explore the impact that blended families, disruptive technologies, and political instability are having on the family business landscape—and how families can innovate and adapt during times of rapid change.

January 17, 2018

Family-owned confectionery giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

Family-owned confectionery giant Ferrero has rebelled against the retreat from sugary snacks, executing a $2.8 billion buy-out of Nestlé’s US confectionery business.

The deal will make Ferrero the third-largest player in the world chocolate market, behind fellow family business Mars, and Hershey’s, which bid against the Italian company in the battle for Nestlé.

December 7, 2017

Mars moves in on healthy snacks by investing in Kind, VW expects record sales despite emissions scandal, and which cities contain the most ultra-highnet worth people?

Mars moves in on healthy snacks

Mars, famous for its sweet treats, has invested in a $4 billion healthy snack maker, as it diversifies in the face of growing hostility towards sugar-laden foods.

The terms of the deal, which saw Mars acquire a minority stake in Kind, were not disclosed. The Financial Times quoted “people familiar with the matter” as saying Kind had a value of $4 billion and turned over $700 million a year.

May 10, 2017

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

What does it take to start then grow a business into a successful, multi-billion dollar holding yet maintain total family control through the generations? Alison Ebbage reports

March 24, 2017

Mars brings Maltesers to the US for the first time; Maersk Reaches North Sea tax deal with Denmark; and Australia’s Rinehart children granted permission to sue

Mars brings Maltesers to the US for the first time

Family-owned confectionery giant Mars is to start selling Maltesers in the United States, marking its first chocolate brand launch in the country in two decades.

Despite being the United Kingdom’s third-largest chocolate brand, Maltesers are not available in the US because of a dispute with Hershey over its name. The two confectionary giants settled out of court in 2015, giving Mars the go-ahead to bring its bite-sized treats to the US.

December 28, 2016

Politically, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump becoming the world’s most powerful (family business) leader. Take a look at the top 10 family business themes of 2016 as selected (in no particular order) by CampdenFB’s editorial team.

Politically, 2016 has been a rollercoaster year with Britain voting to leave the European Union and Donald Trump becoming the world’s most powerful (family business) leader. Away from politics, in 2016 many family enterprises have been wrangling with the ever-present challenge of succession or exploring artificial intelligence, while we farewell Mars family patriarch Forrest E. Mars Jr. Take a look at the top 10 family business themes of 2016 as selected (in no particular order) by CampdenFB’s editorial team.

October 17, 2016

Milky Ways, Snickers, M&Ms, Whiskas, and Pedigree are known around the world but the man credited with that global expansion was a mystery, and that was just the way he liked it.

Milky Ways, Snickers, M&Ms, Whiskas, and Pedigree are known around the world but the man credited with that global expansion was a mystery, and that was just the way he liked it.

“Privacy at times today seems a relic of the non-media past,” Forrest E Mars Jr told Duke University business majors. It “allows us to do the very best we can… without being concerned with self-aggrandisement.”

October 7, 2016

Mars buys out Buffett to take 100% control of Wrigley; LVMH next-gen Alexandre Arnault helps steer RIMOWA acquisition; and Toyota’s personal robot 'Kirobo Mini' signals AI push

Mars buys out Buffett to take 100% control of Wrigley

Mars is to take full control of its Wrigley chewing gum business after Berkshire Hathaway sold its minority stake back to the world’s largest confectionary maker.

According to Reuters, Berkshire invested in Wrigley in 2008 when it acquired $2.1 billion of preferred stock and $4.4 billion of bonds in connection with privately held Mars' $23 billion purchase of the chewing gum maker. 

May 10, 2016

From Koch Industries to Advance Publications, Campden Research has compiled the first-ever list of the Top 10 wholly-owned US family businesses – a group we’ve dubbed ‘The 100% Club’

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