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JAB Needs to Wake Up and Smell the Coffee


Shooting stars tend to burn out quickly.

That’s a lesson for JAB Holding Co., whose takeovers of everything from Krispy Kreme donuts and Keurig Green Mountain coffee to sandwich chain Pret a Manger have made it one of the global retail sector’s most acquisitive presences in recent years.

Chairman Bart Becht, part of the triumvirate that led the company’s $49.5 billion of deals since 2012(1),  will retire this year, JAB said Monday. Former executives from Anheuser-Busch InBev and Mars Inc. will join in his stead.

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