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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 16, 2020

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

The 30th generation winemaker Marchese Lamberto Frescobaldi was raised on the stories of his eminent ancestors who have produced wine in Tuscany since the beginning of the 14th century. They were explorers, musicians, scholars, bankers and politicians, trading with European courts and supplying wine to royalty and the papacy, as the family archive reveals in documents dating back to the 1200s.

September 4, 2020

Escarrer family’s road to recovery after Melia Hotels almost hit zero revenue, US billionaire vintner Bill Foley finds record New Zealand profits in premiumisation, Gebruder Weiss meets rising demand in e-sales with new delivery hub.

Escarrer family’s road to recovery after Melia Hotels almost hit zero revenue

Spain’s Escarrer family is focusing on renovated resort hotels, incorporating independent accommodation providers, digitalisation and its loyalty scheme in its post-coronavirus travel recovery strategy after the family-owned Melia Hotels International suffered its worst semester in history.

May 11, 2018

One of the main risks associated with so-called “passion investing” is in its name—the high level of adoration and emotion involved, which sometimes takes the place of rational decision-making.

One of the main risks associated with so-called “passion investing” is in its name—the high level of adoration and emotion involved, which sometimes takes the place of rational decision-making.

James Haithwaite, a classic car specialist and director at First Names Group, tells of one collector who had his heart set on a classic Mercedes-Benz Roadster and was set to throw down $1.5 million without an inspection—largely because he liked the colour (green).

August 8, 2016

It’s difficult to resist the romance of owning a vineyard and producing your own vintage – who can? So as the number of wannabe international vineyard buyers soars, what tips can the experts suggest about buying into bordeaux or the mistakes not to make in napa? 

It’s difficult to resist the romance of owning a vineyard and producing your own vintage – who can? So as the number of wannabe international vineyard buyers soars, what tips can the experts suggest about buying into bordeaux or the mistakes not to make in napa? Edward Russell-Walling reports

October 16, 2015

Getting gloomy about the winter soon to hit the Northern Hemisphere? Time to escape to some of the world’s top wine retreats and pamper your palate with a gewürztraminer, shiraz or whatever takes your fancy.

August 15, 2014

Most people wouldn’t fancy tapping into a beverage bottled in the time of Napoleon, but the longevity of liquors means some of the rarer tipples can pull extraordinary prices among well-heeled consumers.

When self-made Dutch millionaire Bay van der Bunt put his extensive cellar up for sale a couple of years ago, he shone a light on both the collectibility and the investability of rare liquors. His 5,000-bottle collection, said to be the world’s largest, included a cognac that had travelled with Napoleon’s army, and another from the Duke of Windsor’s Paris cellar. In all, it was valued at €6 million.

May 6, 2013

The Bargetto Winery, one of California’s oldest vineyards, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. CampdenFB speaks to fourth-gen John Bargetto. 

It was over a century ago that 17-year-old Philip Bargetto first came to California from the village of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. “My family has been in the wine business here in this country since 1890,” says John Bargetto (pictured, left), the fourth-generation of the family and director of winemaking at the eponymous business. In 1909 Philip’s brother John joined him in California and they set up a winery in San Francisco. “They operated that for about 10 years and then prohibition came in 1919.”

June 11, 2012

Prices for the rarest and most prestigious wines have hit record highs. CampdenFB looks at how investors can gain a piece of the action.

It might be tricky, when faced with a bottle of fine wine, to do anything other than open it and pour yourself a glass. But for those who can eschew instant gratification, wine can offer a fantastic investment. Through the stock market turbulence of recent years, fine wine has become a safe haven.

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