Fascism watchers of Seattle social media, you can stop messaging CHS. We’ll make sure people are aware. If it helps inform your latte buying decisions, know that Panera Bread and Stumptown Coffee have, well, a Nazi past:
“It is all correct,” family spokesman Peter Harf, who is one of two managing partners of JAB Holdings, told Bild. “Reimann Senior and Reimann Junior were guilty. The two men have passed away, but they actually belonged in prison.”
Reports document the use of forced labor and support for Hitler by the German family whose company owns controlling stakes in a massive portfolio of companies with brands familiar to Seattle consumers including Stumptown.
Stumptown’s path into the JAB Holding portfolio was a bit of a wander. Stumptown became a wholly owned subsidiary of Peet’s Coffee and Tea in 2015 after the coffee chain obtained a partial ownership in 2011. JAB had acquired Peet’s in 2012. It has been reportedly sizing up a possible initial public offering in the stock market for its massive beverage holdings.
The Reimann family has reportedly donated some $11 million to charity after learning of their history. We’ve asked Stumptown and Panera to find out if there are any plans for local outreach or giving. The family has an estimated worth of around $37 billion.
Before you begin your boycott, know that you’ll have to also do without JAB Holding’s Keurig Dr Pepper subsidiary and Krispy Kreme.
In other news related to dark secrets and Capitol Hill coffee, lawyer Michael Avenatti has been arrested and charged with embezzlement and attempt to extort Nike. Before rising to national prominence as the lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, Avenatti left a trail of financial chaos behind in the wake of the implosion of Tully’s Coffee, including unpaid taxes and rent for the chain’s Capitol Hill location.
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