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July 16, 2012

From poultry producers and confectioners to luxury goods groups and media conglomerates, family businesses around the world have seen a week of sales, consolidations and acquisitions.

From poultry producers and confectioners to luxury goods groups and media conglomerates, family businesses around the world have seen a week of sales, consolidations and acquisitions.

The family behind poultry producer Inghams Enterprises said on 16 July that it will sell the business, bringing to an end the Inghams' 94-year involvement with the company.

July 3, 2012

Casino, the French retail giant, took over two family-controlled grocery chains in recent weeks, while Mexican family business Grupo Modelo was sold and billionaire Carlos Slim bought shares in two European telecommunications companies.

Casino, the French retail giant, took over two family-controlled grocery chains in recent weeks, while Mexican family business Grupo Modelo was sold and billionaire Carlos Slim bought shares in two European telecommunications companies.

June 27, 2012

Family businesses across the world have been busy with sales and acquisitions recently – with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev and Portuguese cork-maker Corticeira Amorim in an acquisition mood, while the Mulliez and Rinehart families are considering selling some of their interests.

Family businesses across the world have been busy with sales and acquisitions recently – with brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev and Portuguese cork-maker Corticeira Amorim in an acquisition mood, while the Mulliez and Rinehart families are considering selling some of their interests.

Belgium-based AB InBev is reportedly in discussions to buy the shares it doesn’t already own in fellow family business Grupo Modelo, the Mexican beer-maker that is behind brands such as Corona and Estrella.

June 20, 2012

Australian billionaire James Packer, majority owner of Consolidated Media Holdings, is looking to cut his ties with the media business, founded by his great-grandfather, by selling his shares to fellow family-run News Corporation.

Australian billionaire James Packer, majority owner of Consolidated Media Holdings, is looking to cut his ties with the media business, founded by his great-grandfather, by selling his shares to fellow family-run News Corporation.

Following an offer of AUS$3.50 (€2.81) per share by News Corp, CMH said on 20 June that it will “engage constructively” with Murdoch family-controlled media conglomerate.

June 15, 2012

It’s been a week of acquisitions and sales for three family businesses across the world, with French luxury giant LVMH and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on buying sprees, while Swiss family-controlled Synthes has been sold.

It’s been a week of acquisitions and sales for three family businesses across the world, with French luxury giant LVMH and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on buying sprees, while Swiss family-controlled Synthes has been sold.

June 8, 2012

Dutch group Heineken has acquired fellow family-run cider-maker Stassen, in a move that will increase the brewing giant’s cider-making capacity in continental Europe.

Dutch group Heineken has acquired fellow family-run cider-maker Stassen, in a move that will increase the brewing giant’s cider-making capacity in continental Europe.

The acquisition of Stassen, founded in 1895 by Leon Stassen and until now in family hands, will also add to Heineken’s research ability on cider, said a statement on 8 June.

May 25, 2012

Yoki Alimentos, the Brazilian food company run by the Kitano family, is to be acquired by General Mills, bringing to an end more than 50 years of family ownership.

Yoki Alimentos, the Brazilian food company run by the Kitano family, is to be acquired by General Mills, bringing to an end more than 50 years of family ownership.

In a statement, American company General Mills, whose brands include Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs and Pillsbury, said it expects the transaction to close during the first half of 2013. No financial terms were disclosed.

May 1, 2012

Shares at publicly listed Books-A-Million jumped by more than 20% on Monday, after the family that controls it put forward a non-binding proposal to take the book retailer private. 

Shares at publicly listed Books-A-Million jumped by more than 20% on Monday, after the family that controls it put forward a non-binding proposal to take the book retailer private.

The Anderson family, which already has a 53% stake in the business, offered $3.05 (€2.30) per share in cash for Books-A-Million – up 20% on Friday’s closing price.

April 24, 2012

The family behind US oil company Downeast Energy has sold the firm, while Coopers Brewery, the Australian beer maker controlled by the eponymous family, has expanded into the American market with a big acquisition. 

The family behind US oil company Downeast Energy has sold the firm, while Coopers Brewery, the Australian beer maker controlled by the eponymous family, has expanded into the American market with a big acquisition.

Owned by the Morell family, Maine-based Downeast Energy, whose operations span oil to propane and building materials, has been sold to Oklahoma’s NGL Energy Partners, according to a statement by the latter. No financial terms of the transaction were disclosed.

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