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April 1, 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.

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

November 22, 2020

Mars family eats Kind bars for bite of health snacks market, Illy family pays for recyclable illycaffe coffee capsule takeaways, family business champion John Hays, of Hays Travel, dies aged 71.

Mars family eats Kind bars for bite of health snacks market

The family-owned conglomerate Mars, Incorporated has acquired in full the company behind Kind nut bars and granola for its boldest $5 billion foray into the health snacks market.

November 13, 2020

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough, lockdown book lovers help stabilise Bertelsmann revenues, Reimann family’s JAB Holding sells Coty stake as portfolio hits turbulence.

Leibinger family’s Trumpf leads global quantum breakthrough

The Leibinger family behind the German high-tech company Trumpf says its world-first quantum optical sensor will lead to completely new industrial applications from next year.

September 14, 2020

The Mack family were excited about the prospects of 2020 at the start of the year—their Europa-Park resort welcomed a record 5.7 million visitors in 2019 and they were eager for returns on their brand new €180 million ($213 million) water world Rulantica and its adjacent hotel, their largest ever investment in their family business’s 45-year history.

The Mack family were excited about the prospects of 2020 at the start of the year—their Europa-Park resort welcomed a record 5.7 million visitors in 2019 and they were eager for returns on their brand new €180 million ($213 million) water world Rulantica and its adjacent hotel, their largest ever investment in their family business’s 45-year history.

May 15, 2020

UK joins global clamour for Roche coronavirus testing kits, Henkel quarter rocked by changing consumer demands, Mack family saves the summer season with Europa-Park re-opening.

UK joins global clamour for Roche coronavirus testing kits

The Swiss fourth-generation biotech Roche Group is in demand as the United Kingdom follows the European Union and the United States in approving its coronavirus antibody testing kits for mass use.

April 30, 2020

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession, Deichmann manages reputational risk over coronavirus rents, sales-hit Volkswagen reviews all projects as car production resumes.

Bosch launches rapid Covid-19 test and prepares for global recession

Bosch, the family-owned multinational engineering and technology giant, has developed and distributed a test for Covid-19 that delivers results after two and a half hours and is finalising a test that gives a verdict in less than 45 minutes.

March 27, 2020

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators, Escarrer family braces Melia Hotels for coronavirus and world recovery, AB InBev adapts to changing consumer tastes with premiumisation strategy.

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators

Sir James Dyson, the UK billionaire entrepreneur who made his fortune by inventing a cyclonic vacuum cleaner, has been commissioned by the UK government to make 10,000 critical ventilating machines for the country’s health service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

March 19, 2020

Securing global supply lines, switching to mass production of hand sanitiser and protecting employees while calling for unity are among the ways family businesses are facing down the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Securing global supply lines, switching to mass production of hand sanitiser and protecting employees while calling for unity are among the ways family businesses are facing down the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

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