Panera: Next step for JAB Holdings, low-profile family

Frankfurt, Germany • Its brands are some of the best known in the U.S.: names like Coty, Jimmy Choo, Krispy Kreme, Keurig Green Mountain, and now Panera Bread. But the same can’t be said of Luxembourg-based JAB Holdings Co. and the low-profile, wealthy family behind it. JAB’s $7 billion acquisition of Panera Bread earlier this week extends a four-year campaign during which the investment holding company has bought up companies and brands associated with coffee: Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Caribou Coffe...

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