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May 14, 2014

Originally a plumbing and bathroom supplier, Reece, helmed for almost half a century by the intensely private Wilson family, has expanded into irrigation, gas and refrigeration, and has snapped up a number of its Australian and Kiwi rivals.

Originally a plumbing and bathroom supplier, Reece, helmed for almost half a century by the intensely private Wilson family, has expanded into irrigation, gas and refrigeration, and has snapped up a number of its Australian and Kiwi rivals.

May 1, 2014

James Packer's expansion plans for his resorts business in Sri Lanka have suffered a setback, with the government refusing to grant a casino license for a planned $400-million (€288.3 million) development in Colombo.

James Packer's expansion plans for his resorts business in Sri Lanka have suffered a setback, with the government refusing to grant a casino license for a planned $400-million (€288.3 million) development in Colombo.

Since 2007, the billionaire – a third gen of the Australian media dynasty behind Consolidated Press Holdings – has been moving away from his family's traditional interests to focus on developing his casinos and resorts company, Crown Limited.

March 21, 2014

The next-gen director of an Australian family construction firm has hit out at artists who boycotted contemporary art festival the Biennale of Sydney, due to the family business’s sponsorship of it, and forced his brother, who was chairman of the event, to step down.

The next-gen director of an Australian family construction firm has hit out at artists who boycotted contemporary art festival the Biennale of Sydney, due to the family business’s sponsorship of it, and forced his brother, who was chairman of the event, to step down.

October 25, 2013

Australian family-owned brewer Coopers has been crowned best liquor brand of the year and best full strength beer for original pale ale at the 20th annual Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA).

Australian family-owned brewer Coopers has been crowned best liquor brand of the year and best full strength beer for original pale ale at the 20th annual Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA).

Coopers, the last major family-owned brewery in Australia, was also named best marketed beer or cider brand and its distribution company Premium Beverages received best off-premise liquor supplier of the year.

July 30, 2013

South Australian chocolate-maker Haigh’s is now in its fourth generation – and it tastes sweeter than ever.

Being stuck on an island in the middle of nowhere is a scary proposition and some chocolate on hand would certainly provide a little sweet relief. If Alister Haigh, the fourth-gen managing director of family-owned chocolatier Haigh’s, were faced with this situation, his choice would be easy. He would pick his favourite – apricot covered in dark chocolate.

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