Germany’s JAB Swallows More American Breakfast Chains

Le Duff America is nearing a sale of Bruegger’s Bagels to Germany’s JAB Holding Co. as it seeks to concentrate on expanding its French concepts in the United States. 

Texas-based Le Duff America, a subsidiary of Rennes, France-based Groupe Le Duff, has shifted to a more franchise-focused strategy in the U.S., and plans to expand its global French concept, Brioche Dorée.  

The sale would add yet another breakfast concept to the fast-growing brand portfolio owned by JAB Holding Co. Bruegger’s operates more than 260 locations, down from more than 280 units in 2015. Franchisees own about 90 locations.

The Bruegger’s acquisition is only the latest in JAB Holding’s growing foothold in the United States. In the past several years, the German investment firm has purchased Panera, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Einstein Noah Restaurant GroupCaribou CoffeePeet’s Coffee & Tea and Stumptown Roasters. Late last year, it spent roughly $13.9 billion to acquire single-serve coffee machine maker Keurig Green Mountain.

 

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