Alimarket says that the Carulla family’s holding, Agrolimen, is looking for a buyer or big brother – probably Wrigley – for its confectionery subsidiary, Joyco. Joyco started out in 1977 as General de Confitería, quickly rose to dominate the rapidly growing Spanish market for bubble gum, and is now world leader in the sugared-gum-for-tiny-tots-to-leave-in-inconvenient-places sector. I’m a fan of their Airwaves which I use to disguise my immoderate garlic consumption.
This looks like just another sign that the era of large family-owned businesses in Catalunya is coming to an end: LaVa reported a couple of days ago that the Bernat family’s Chupa Chups business (est 1946) was looking to tie up a cooperative global marketing and distribution deal along the lines of the beverage sector’s Maxxium. Their previous attempt at collaboration – with Mars – ended in acrimony, and there’s little reason to believe that this new attempt to have their cake and eat it will succeed.
- German multinationals
In May I posted a Dutch translation (1, 2) of an article by Vic prof, Manuel Llanas, describing the influence of
Pleasingly, Bable is used as a synonym for Astur-Leonese, aka Leonese etc. The name was apparently popularised by someone called Xovellanos
- In praise of virtual travel writing
Nice story here about underpaid author Thomas Kohnstamm, who wrote his Lonely planet guide without going to Columbia. (Or did he
- Dutch words that sound obscene in English
Cock/Kok: family name. Also kok: cook, coccus. Re David Cameron’s #piggate laddishness, British Labour MP Emily Thornberry has posted a pack
- “an equilibrate balance between apprentice and entertainment”
Has Loftwines, actually a first floor Barcelona office, been trying too much of its “communication tool”? Or do they believe their