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May 12, 2017

Brewing giant AB InBev profits up but struggles in Americas; Whither Fairfax Media as assets cherry picked; Third-gen takes ownership of billion dollar In-N-Out burger chain.

Mega-brewer AB InBev’s turbulent quarter

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has seen revenues and profits increase in the first quarter of 2017 despite a slight dip in beer sales.

The world’s largest brewer, which is headquartered in Belgium and has substantial family ownership, enjoyed a 3.7% increase in revenues to $12.9 billion despite total sales falling by 0.5% to 147.9 million hectolitres.

August 4, 2016

Heineken share prices have dropped after the Dutch family brewer reported a 4.9% slowdown in global growth over the first six months of 2016 compared to last year.

Heineken share prices have dropped after the Dutch family brewer reported a 4.9% slowdown in global growth over the first six months of 2016 compared to last year.

The world’s third largest brewery announced this week that growth in beer volume in Asia Pacific at 16%, Europe at 2.4% and the Americas at 1.6% offset a marked 5.9% drop in growth in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.

February 5, 2013

Lavazza, the family-owned coffee company, is throwing its hat into the UK coffee shop ring with its chain of cafes.

Lavazza, the family-owned coffee company, is throwing its hat into the UK coffee shop ring with its chain of cafes.

Headed by fourth-gen Alberto Lavazza, the Italian family business has plans to create a potential 400 Lavazza Espression cafes in the UK over the coming decade, with the first 50 opening in the next two years.

December 24, 2012

Laying on the glamour for the party season, family-owned champagne house Charles Mignon has teamed up with luxury group Billionaires Row to launch a new champagne inspired by the rarest of gems, pink diamonds.

Laying on the glamour for the party season, family-owned champagne house Charles Mignon has teamed up with luxury group Billionaires Row to launch a new champagne inspired by the rarest of gems, pink diamonds.

Charles Mignon, currently run by the third generation of the eponymous family, formed a partnership with Billionaires Row this year and the pink champagne is the first offering from the two companies.

August 24, 2012

The next time you enjoy a glass of Grant’s whisky, you might find yourself discovering a little bit more about your family – even if they aren’t around.

The next time you enjoy a glass of Grant’s whisky, you might find yourself discovering a little bit more about your family – even if they aren’t around.

That’s because family-owned Grant’s is running a campaign to help consumers research their own family history.

The promotion, developed by communications agency Bray Leino, is running across 528,000 70 centilitres and one litre Family Reserve bottles and offers a £10 (€12.63) voucher to use at genealogy website findmypast.co.uk.

July 30, 2012

Remy Cointreau chair Dominique Heriard Dubreuil is to step down from the family-controlled drinks company – and has recommended her brother replace her. 

Remy Cointreau chair Dominique Heriard Dubreuil is to step down from the family-controlled drinks company – and has recommended her brother replace her.

At the company’s general meeting last week, Heriard Dubreuil, who has led the family business since 1998, said it was her intention to resign as chairman at the end of the year.

June 13, 2012

Bacardi, the family-owned rum-maker, has been in a celebratory mood this year, holding parties across the globe to celebrate its 150th anniversary. But it hasn’t stopped at just shindigs.

Bacardi, the family-owned rum-maker, has been in a celebratory mood this year, holding parties across the globe to celebrate its 150th anniversary. But it hasn’t stopped at just shindigs.

The alcohol company, which owns the eponymous rum as well as brands including Grey Goose vodka and Bombay Sapphire gin, appears keen to show its serious side and has released an archive of more than 30,000 items recording the company’s history.

May 21, 2012

Is there any better way to celebrate an anniversary than organising a week-long party and drinking a cold beer? Probably not, at least for Coopers Brewery, the Australian beer maker which is controlled by the eponymous family.

Is there any better way to celebrate an anniversary than organising a week-long party and drinking a cold beer? Probably not, at least for Coopers Brewery, the Australian beer maker which is controlled by the eponymous family.

The Adelaide-based brewery, which was established in 1862 and is now the country's largest Australian-owned beer producer, is getting ready to celebrate its 150th anniversary and will launch a new ale to mark the occasion.

May 2, 2012

What are you doing on 9 May? If the Gallo family has its way, you could be raising a glass of moscato to, well, moscato. 

What are you doing on 9 May? If the Gallo family has its way, you could be raising a glass of moscato to, well, moscato.

Fourth-generation Gallo Family Vineyards is calling on Americans to toast the grape, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. In fact, sales of moscato, also known as moscat, grew by over 70% last year in the US, faster than any other wine variety, according to figures from Symphony IRI.

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