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April 7, 2017

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread; Bertelsmann acquires stake in Indian ed-tech company Eruditus; and Antofagasta earnings leap on copper price recovery

JAB Holdings signs $7.5 billion acquisition of Panera Bread

JAB Holdings, the investment vehicle of Germany’s Reimann family, has signed a $7.5 billion deal to acquire bakery chain Panera Bread—the biggest restaurant deal in United States history.

March 31, 2017

Dyson profits up 41% on Asia surge; Wegmans Food Markets hands CEO role to next gen; and Al Masaood appoints new chairman

Dyson profits up 41% on Asia surge

Profits at British technology company Dyson have increased by 41% following increased sales of vacuum cleaners, air purifiers and hairdryers in Asia.

The Wiltshire-based family business tripled its revenue in china, Indonesia and the Philippines in 2016. The region accounted for more than half of Dyson’s sales and profit.

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.

March 21, 2017

Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is in talks to sell the majority of his shares in holding company Porsche SE in a move that could threaten its future as a family-run business. 

Former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is in talks to sell the majority of his shares in the holding company Porsche SE in a move that could threaten its future as a family-run business.

The news comes several weeks after Piech stirred controversy when he allegedly told Volkswagen’s internal investigators that he confronted former chief executive Martin Winterkorn over the emissions scandal in March 2015.

March 17, 2017

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises to pay $3 billion for Australia’s Alinta Energy; Volkswagen targets Bay Area in $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure deal; and Nintendo doubles production on Switch console

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises to pay $3 billion for Australia’s Alinta Energy

 

March 10, 2017

Maersk and IBM to launch supply chain solution; Cargill and CARE renew partnership; and Henkel to acquire Mexican haircare business

Maersk and IBM to launch supply chain solution

Danish shipping company Maersk Line, owned by the McKinney-Moeller family, has announced a partnership with IBM to implement blockchain technology across its global supply chain.

The new technology will be made available to the logistics industry and aims to manage and track the paper trail of millions of shipping containers—an innovation that could save the industry billions.

February 24, 2017

Heineken Asia gamble pays off as Tiger Beer flourishes; Berkshire Hathaway dumps $900 million Walmart stock; and Henkel reports strong fourth quarter

Heineken Asia gamble pays off as Tiger Beer flourishes

Netherlands-based brewer Heineken, controlled by the eponymous family, has reported its fastest earnings growth in seven years.

The 153-year-old family business said growth was driven by a 13% increase in revenue in Asia where larger sales have grown at a double-digit rate for two years.

Heineken gambled on the Asian market in 2012 when it purchased Asia Pacific Breweries, the producer of Tiger Beer, which has grown at a double-digit pace since 2015.

February 16, 2017

Samsung heir arrested in corruption scandal; Hanjin Shipping sunk by South Korean court; and Cargill to invest further $300 million in Egypt

Samsung heir arrested in corruption scandal

February 3, 2017

LVMH to a grip on eyewear market with Marcolin deal; Volkswagen overtakes Toyota as top company, despite cheating scandal; and Bosch pays $330 million compensation in VW cheating scandal

LVMH to focus on eyewear market with Marcolin deal

French family-owned luxury giant LVMH have taken a 10% stake in spectacle maker Marcolin as it looks to tighten its grip on the eyewear market.

The news comes just one week after another family-owned eyewear group, Luxottica, and its French rival Essilor agreed to a €46 billion ($49 billion) merger to combat increasing competition from large luxury players, such as LVMH.

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