JAB Holdings has been assembling a portfolio over the last several years that has made it into a global leader in coffee, foodservice, and beauty products. This report looks at the companies now under JAB’s control, finds patterns in JAB’s acquisition activity, and considers what the company’s eventual goals might be.
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JAB Holdings is a Luxemburg-based holding company with billions of dollars in assets. Its corefocus areas are coffee, chained foodservice, and beauty, but it also has holdings in home care,luxury goods, and soft drinks.
Over the last several years JAB has aggressively offloaded luxury brands and acquiredcoffee and foodservice brands throughout the world, including Keurig Green Mountain,Peet’s, Espresso House, and Super Group.
Coty, a beauty company in which JAB holds alarge stake, has also been expanding at a rapid pace. The acquisitions are designed togive JAB a firm place in all major areas of coffee growth in the world.Its combined holdings in retail and foodservice make it one of the world’s most important coffeeplayers, matched only by Nestlé and Starbucks.
Recent acquisitions in adjacent fields, includingfoodservice and soft drinks, are further building its capabilities in coffee. Only beauty strategyremains relatively independent of coffee, although there are similarities in how JAB approachesboth industries.