04/16/2014 02:54 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Richest, Most Powerful Families in the Food Business

Rochelle Bilow

We here at Bon Appétit couldn't help but feel a little nostalgic when we heard that the Entenmann's plant in Long Island, N.Y.--in operation since 1961--was closing. As we shared Entenmann's memories and debated our favorite snacks (the case of ultimate crumb cake vs. iced lemon cake is one that may never be resolved), we got to talking about the company's history. Although Entenmann's was purchased in 2002 by baking behemoth Bimbo Bakeries USA, consumers remain nostalgic about its small-town roots and family-focused history.

Entenmann's isn't the only food company taking "mom and pop" shops to the next level. Here's a look at some of the most powerful families in food, from around the world.

The Richest, Most Powerful Families in the Food Business

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