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May 12, 2010

Peter Thornton gave Campden FB a searingly honest interview about being ousted from his family’s business, UK-based confectionery giant Thorntons, in 1987. Peter now gives an exclusive account of the fortunes of the company since the IPO and explains what he would have done differently

Peter Thornton gave Campden FB a searingly honest interview about being ousted from his family's business, UK-based confectionery giant Thorntons, in 1987 (continue reading here). An IPO in 1988 was a vehicle through which the family ultimately tried to solve the mounting conflict between four third-generation brothers.

May 4, 2010

The name Thorntons is synonymous with confectionery, but the family story behind the chocolate giant is anything but sweet. Peter Thornton talks exclusively to Marc Smith about working in a chocolate dynasty where family unity has melted away

The name Thorntons is synonymous with confectionery, but the family story behind the chocolate giant is anything but sweet. Peter Thornton talks exclusively to Marc Smith about working in a chocolate dynasty where family unity has melted away.

October 6, 2008

For the first time in 30 years, a member of the Mars family agreed to speak publicly about life at one of the world’s most private and successful businesses. Fourth-generation Pamela Mars-Wright talks exclusively to Marc Smith about life on Mars, Inc

For the first time in 30 years, a member of the Mars family agreed to speak publicly about life at one of the world's most private and successful businesses. Fourth-generation Pamela Mars-Wright talks exclusively to Marc Smith about life on Mars, Inc.

September 17, 2008

Klaus J Jacobs, head of the entrepreneurial family behind brands such as Adecco, has died in Switzerland aged 71.

Klaus J Jacobs (pictured), head of the entrepreneurial family behind brands such as Adecco, has died in Switzerland aged 71.
 
The German-born billionaire worked for his family's coffee company from 1962 and led the company's ambitious expansion of its European operations in the 1970s.
 
He led the merger of Jacobs with Interfood in 1982, which created Jacobs Suchard, Europe's number one chocolate and coffee enterprise.
 

September 1, 2003

It is Switzerland’s oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

It is Switzerland's oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

September 1, 2002

Fazer, one of Finland’s best known confectionery companies, has come a long way from its modest beginnings as a café in Helsinki, as fourth generation Majlen Fazer describes

Tarja Valde-Brown is senior communications consultant and deputy managing director at Eurofacts Oy, a Finnish public affairs and communications agency operating in the Baltic Sea region.

Fazer, one of Finland's best known confectionery companies, has come a long way from its modest beginnings as a café in Helsinki, as fourth generation Majlen Fazer describes

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