THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, November 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- US shareholders of Sara Lee subsidiary company Douwe Egberts Master Blenders 1753 (DE) have yet to claim$44 million for their stake in the coffee and tea company. Following the acquisition of the company by Joh.A. Benckiser in 2014, 23,000 people havestillnot registered their shares and demandedtheirmoney. After the acquisition, 4.73 percent of the shares remain unclaimed. Each share is worth 12.50 euros, so that adds up to about 44 million dollars. Benckiser has deposited this compensation amount in a depository account with the Dutch Ministry of Finance in The Hague. "That's where the money is waiting for the rights holders. We want to make sure that the pot gets to the right people. It would be a shame if the shareholders missed out on this," says Jobert van Kempen from the specialised detective agency JARK. The detective agency has extensive international experience and an excellent track record when it comes to locating rights holders of shares and inheritances. JARK is primarily looking for shareholders in America because research shows that most of them are from there. The shares are registered by name, but lack addresses or contact information. Neither Sara Lee nor the Dutch state wishes to share these out of privacy protection considerations.