Clif Bar

David Gelles explains in the Financial Times the intertwined stories of PowerBar, Clif Bar and Gu. It’s a fascinating story of innovation, entrepreneurship and (seemingly friendly) corporate rivalry.

All were founded in Berkeley. Nestle bought PowerBar in 1999 and moved its base to Glendale in southern California. Clif Bar recently moved to Emeryville. Gu is apparently looking for larger premises, but plans to stay in Berkeley.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...