Peet’s Coffee & Tea Inc., which was founded in Berkeley in 1966 by Alfred Peet, is being taken private by German investment group Joh. A Benckiser for $977.6 million. Although the original Peet’s store is still operational on the corner of Vine and Walnut, the company headquarters has long been in Emeryville and the roasting facility is in Alameda.
Most important Berkeley stories of 2011 The future of Telegraph Avenue, Occupy protests, city budgets and safety at Berkeley High: just some of the year’s top issues.
This was the year Berkeleyside went beyond words in a concerted fashion and embraced other media including video, podcasts, film footage, as well as Storify reports comprising Twitter posts and photography.