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The seemingly indestructible Peter Lehmann (the person) died in June 2013, laying the seeds for what became the last step in the sale of the minority Lehmann family ownership in the company. The Hess Group of California had acquired control in 03 (leaving part of the capital with the Lehmann family), but a decade later it became apparent that Hess wished to quit its holding. Various suitors put their case forward, but Margaret Lehmann (Peters widow) wanted ongoing family, not corporate, ownership. Casella thus was able to make the successful bid in November 14; its strategy for the future is still to become clear as at April 15. Exports to all major markets.
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