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December 19, 2019

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

Verena Bahlsen, next generation entrepreneur and co-founder of food innovation incubator HERMANN’S, is looking to drive her family’s business into the future. She spoke to Susan Lingeswaran about history, being disruptive, and preserving legacy.

June 28, 2018

Food and hospitality is “the next business frontier” for Europe’s luxury fashion families, with Bulgari descendant and investor Francesco Trapani the latest to help himself to a side of Italy’s food industry.

Food and hospitality is “the next business frontier” for Europe’s luxury fashion families, with Bulgari descendant and investor Francesco Trapani the latest to help himself to a side of Italy’s food industry.

Trapani, who sold his family’s stake in jeweller Bulgari to LVMH in 2011 for €4.8 billion ($5.5 billion), has added Italian pizza chain Briscola and gelato maker Geloso to his portfolio, alongside the 5% stake he owns in Tiffany.

February 2, 2018

JAB Holdings has cooled its coffee spending spree, striking a deal to buy its first cold drinks company, Dr Pepper Snapple, in a move which has bemused market commentators.

JAB Holdings has cooled its coffee spending spree, striking a deal to buy its first cold drinks company, Dr Pepper Snapple, in a move which has bemused market commentators.

Luxembourg-based JAB, which mainly controls the wealth of Germany’s Reimann family, has announced it will buy the US soft drink maker for $18.7 billion, and merge it with coffee pod producer Keurig Green Mountain, which JAB bought in 2015.

April 16, 2013

Oscar Farinetti is one of Italy’s best-known entrepreneurs. His latest venture, a food retailer called Eataly, is among the world’s fastest-growing brands. Family has played a big role in his success.

The calling to be an entrepreneur came to me when I was young, at the age of just 20. I had an overriding desire to be an entrepreneur. At that time, in the late 1970s, I realised that the electronics industry was becoming increasingly important and I decided to start developing my activities in the sector.

February 23, 2012

Two family businesses operating in the US food industry have been sold – with the Guida family in Connecticut ending its involvement in dairy company Guida’s Milk and the Schweppe family in Illinois selling food service firm Schweppe.

Two family businesses operating in the US food industry have been sold – with the Guida family in Connecticut ending its involvement in dairy company Guida’s Milk and the Schweppe family in Illinois selling food service firm Schweppe.

Guida's Milk, which produces milk, cream and ice-cream mixes, as well as fruit juices, was sold to Dairy Farmers of America, a Kansas City-based co-operative, for an undisclosed sum.

February 7, 2012

The luxury sector is often not far from headlines – last year saw a number of acquisitions of luxury groups, with family businesses leading the way. But this year, the food industry looks to be consolidating operations, starting with an American family-owned food service distribution firm making a purchase.

The luxury sector is often not far from headlines – last year saw a number of acquisitions of luxury groups, with family businesses leading the way. But this year, the food industry looks to be consolidating operations, starting with an American family-owned food service distribution firm making a purchase.

Gordon Food Service, controlled by the Gordon family, has acquired fellow family-owned Perkins, in an attempt to increase market share in New England.

May 14, 2009

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture.

Family-owned and run Combarro is one of Madrid's most celebrated marisquerías, or seafood restaurants, and an obligatory stop for the lovers of the extreme variety of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and Jurassic animals that constitute such an important element of Spain's extraordinary food culture, writes Rodrigo Amaral.

May 8, 2008

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer.

Paul Gordon, chairman of family-owned Gordon Food Service (GFS), has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 84.

GFS, which was founded in 1897, is North America's largest private foodservice distributor with revenues of $5.9 billion.

Born on 13 July 1923 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (pictured), Paul was the first son of Ben and Ruth Gordon. At the time, Ben was working for his father-in-law, Isaac, in the family grocery wholesaling business.

September 1, 2006

How do you inspire a generation with its own career aspirations and dreams to want to join and lead the family business? That’s the task for Chinese sauces giant Lee Kum Kee, as David Lee tells Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

How do you inspire a generation with its own career aspirations and dreams to want to join and lead the family business? That's the task for Chinese sauces giant Lee Kum Kee, as David Lee tells Melanie Stern

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