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May 24, 2021

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group, Berlusconi family's Fininvest exits Mediobanca, Nathan Cummings Foundation calls for racial equality in impact investing.

Heineken brews acquisition of South Africa’s Distell Group

Family-owned Heineken, the world’s second-largest brewer, could buy a majority share of a unique $1.8 billion South African wine and spirits company, making the deal its second acquisition in 2021.

The fourth-generation Dutch beer maker confirmed last week it is in talks with Distell Group Holdings over a “potential transaction”. The $23.7 billion brewer added discussions were ongoing and there was no certainty an agreement would be reached.

May 17, 2021

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son, Peter Harf succeeded by young deal-maker at Reimann family’s JAB Holding, James Packer’s Crown Resorts leans towards Star merger and away from Blackstone takeover.

Mexican billionaire Alberto Bailleres transfers empire to son

Alberto Bailleres, the fourth wealthiest person in Mexico, has made way for his son as the principal of his business conglomerate Grupo Bal after more than five decades.

Businessman Bailleres (pictured), 89, stepped down as president from the group and its diversified companies with immediate effect during a board meeting in late April. He and his family are worth $9.6 billion, according to Forbes.

March 31, 2021

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy, Locked down families build Lego’s fastest sales growth in five years, Gebruder Weiss profits in combining physical and digital innovation.

Pernod Ricard goes upmarket in acquisition and distribution strategy

Pernod Ricard, the French third-generation wines and spirits giant, is set to acquire a majority stake in a family-owned premium Columbian rum as part of its “Transform and Accelerate” strategic plan.

Pernod Ricard also embarked on a collaboration with Lafayette Imports, a new company founded by Biggar and Leith partners Elwyn Gladstone and Mark Teasdale, to boost its “super-premium” branding in the United States.

February 28, 2021

Illycaffe brews non-family investment for US push, Melia Hotels ready for travel trade recovery after Covid-19 losses, Covid-19 rebound ‘the right moment’ for ArcelorMittal succession.

Illycaffe brews non-family investment for US push

The Illy family has sold a stake in its $629 million Italian premium coffee company Illycaffe for the first time in its 88-year history and says it is open to floating the family business on the stock market.

January 15, 2021

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports, Bacardi raises the bar on post-Covid ‘mindful drinking’ trend, Associated British Foods stares at $1.4 billion sales loss but rules out Primark e-commerce.

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports

The Chung family in control of Hyundai became almost $2 billion better off when South Korean media reported the automaker was in early talks of a partnership with Apple, Inc.

Share prices in Hyundai Motor Co soared by up to 25% in Seoul last week, which boosted the family fortunes of Euisun Chung (picture), 50, chairman, and his father, Mong-Koo, 82. Together they hold about 8% of stock in the group, but maintain influence through complex governance arrangements.

May 13, 2020

Australia’s family-owned Coopers Brewery is demonstrating its resilience against the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to manufacture and distribute its products while supporting supply chains and the hospitality sector, and protecting its workforce and philanthropic grants.

Australia’s family-owned Coopers Brewery is demonstrating its resilience against the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic by continuing to manufacture and distribute its products while supporting supply chains and the hospitality sector, and protecting its workforce and philanthropic grants.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the sixth-generation family business has grappled with major changes in how it operates, in tandem with difficulties among commercial partners and fluctuating customer demand in an uncertain market.

April 7, 2020

Dilmah, the global Sri Lankan family tea producing business, has moved swiftly to safeguard its workforce and adapt its manufacturing when confronted by the coronavirus, and calls for humane family values to recalibrate the post-Covid-19 world.

Dilmah, the global Sri Lankan family tea producing business, has moved swiftly to safeguard its workforce and adapt its manufacturing when confronted by the coronavirus, and calls for humane family values to recalibrate the post-Covid-19 world.

October 2, 2019

JCB digs into record sales against softening markets, IKEA assembles 5% increase in sales after transformation, American, Chinese sales help brew 39% profit for illycaffe.

JCB digs into record sales against softening markets

Bamford family-controlled manufacturer JCB says growth has stalled, especially in its biggest market India, despite sales increasing by almost a quarter last year.

September 6, 2019

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

Third-generation family business Pernod Ricard has countered criticisms over its shareholder returns and governance from its activist investor with a rise in turnover, a €1 billion share buyback scheme, non-family board appointments and investments in China and the United States.

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