Foreign buyers move in on restaurant deals

Foreign buyers move in on restaurant deals

This is part of the Nation’s Restaurant News annual Top 100 report, a proprietary ranking of the foodservice industry’s largest restaurant chains and parent companies.

Private-equity groups have long been interested in the restaurant industry, buying up concepts as fast as they came up for sale.

That purchase frequency seemed to slow in 2015. At the very least, private-equity groups found themselves with more competition from foreign buyers.

Consider JAB Holding Co. JAB is the investing company of the Reimann Family out of Germany. The company has been aggressively shopping for foodservice concepts. In late 2014, for instance, JAB bo

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