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Callard and Bowser

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June 1890.
July 1890.
October 1893.

of London, makers of butterscotch and other confectionery.

1837 Company was established, becoming known for its butterscotch, toffee and other sweets.

Acquired the business of Smith and Co, makers of Altoid Mints.

1929 Callard and Bowser offered their well known butterscotch at the Olympia Exhibition[1]

1951 Arthur Guinness and Son acquired a controlling interest in the company[2]

1953 Acquired by Arthur Guinness

By 1956 was part of a group of companies which were 80 percent owned by Arthur Guinness and Son; other companies in the group included William Nuttall, Riley Brothers (Halifax), and the Lavells chain of shops; this investment provided most of Guinness's non-brewing profit in the previous year[3]

1961 Acquired Rolls Confectionery from J. Lyons and Co[4]

By 1976 Guinness's confectionery subsidiary was referred to as Callard and Bowser, Nuttall[5]

1982 Callard and Bowser, Nuttall, which was losing money, was sold to Beatrice Foods of Chicago[6]

1988 Acquired by United Biscuits[7], which also owned Terry's of York .

1993 United Biscuits sold its confectionery group to Kraft General Foods[8]

2004 Callard and Bowser-Suchard was owned by Kraft Foods until 2004. [9]

2004 Company acquired by Wrigley's.

2008 Callard and Bowser-Suchard was a division of William Wrigley Co that specializes in confectionery manufacturing including the breath mint, Altoids, the Toblerone bar, and Callard and Bowser's Butterscotch.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times , Aug 22, 1929
  2. The Times Feb. 3, 1956
  3. The Times, Feb 03, 1956
  4. The Times, May 11, 1961
  5. The Times, Dec 15, 1976
  6. The Times, Mar 16, 1982
  7. The Times August 03, 1988
  8. The Times, March 04, 1993
  9. [1] Wikipedia
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