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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 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.

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.

February 1, 2019

London’s last family brewer Fuller’s has sold its entire beer business to a Japanese firm for $328 million to focus on its lucrative pubs and hotels.

London’s last family brewer Fuller’s has sold its entire beer business to a Japanese firm for $328 million to focus on its lucrative pubs and hotels.

August 8, 2018

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal, Continental splits its business, and Cargill bulks up on meat, animal feed

Heineken strikes Chinese expansion deal

Heineken has taken a $3.1 billion stake in the parent company of China’s largest brewery, China Resources Beer, heating up competition among Western brewers breaking into the largest emerging market.

Heineken, the world’s second largest brewer and 50% owned by the founding family, currently runs at a loss in China, and the new acquisition will give it access to strong distribution networks, and the chance to acquaint Chinese drinkers with its products.

April 21, 2014

A brewery may seem an unconventional playground for a child, but Warsteiner’s ninth-generation CEO Catharina Cramer practically grew up at the family business.

October 18, 2013

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

The kidnapping of Freddy Heineken is to be dramatised in a new film starring British actor Anthony Hopkins as the Dutch brewery heir.

In 1983, a gang of four criminals who had been friends since childhood abducted Heineken, the third-gen of the brewery empire and the man responsible for its global expansion.

Heineken, along with his chauffeur Ab Doderer, was held for three weeks before being ransomed for 35 million Dutch guilders (€14.4 million) – a record-breaking amount at the time.

April 14, 2012

Family business Heineken is synonymous with beer – after all, the Dutch brewery is the third-largest beer-maker in the world. But now, the company is looking to be associated with something a little different – helping rebuild earthquake-torn Haiti.

Family business Heineken is synonymous with beer – after all, the Dutch brewery is the third-largest beer-maker in the world. But now, the company is looking to be associated with something a little different – helping rebuild earthquake-torn Haiti.

The brewing giant, controlled by the Heineken family, is reportedly planning to meet Haiti’s president Michael Martelly and the Clinton Global Initiative to put together plans to build hospitals and schools in the region.

February 15, 2012

Automobile-manufacturer Peugeot Citroen has been dragged down by loss in its core division while Dutch brewery Heineken has taken advantage of the booming emerging markets to offset decline in Europe.

Two European family businesses have reported contrasting results for 2011 – while automobile-manufacturer Peugeot Citroen has been dragged down by loss in its core division, Dutch brewery Heineken has taken advantage of the booming emerging markets to offset decline in Europe.

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