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Cavenham Foods

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1964 A private company controlled by Mr J Goldsmith; owned Carsons, chocolate maker[1] and Procea Products[2]. Acquired Carr and Co, biscuit makers[3]

1965 Acquired the remaining shares in Carsons and in J. A. and P. Holland that it did not already own[4]

Became a public company

1965 Sold the subsidiary Mansell, Hunt, Catty and Co[5]

1966 Acquired Singleton and Cole, tobacco distributors to amalgamate with the company's wholesale division[6]

1968 Sold the wholesale activities of Singleton and Cole to 3 wholesale groups - Palmer and Harvey, Robert Sinclair and P. Panto[7] but kept the snuff business.

Acquired Elizabeth Shaw mints. Also owned Parkinson's and Holland Toffees.

1963-69 After the expansion plans failed, the company did not pay a dividend for 6 years[8]

1969 Products included groceries, slimming foods and confectionery[9]. The snuff and the confectionery interests were put into joint ventures with the American Conwood Group and borrowings brought down[10]

1970 Trans-national re-organisation announced involving French companies that directors of Cavenham had interests in and others[11] which left the group substantially larger.

1971 A number of companies were put into voluntary liquidation, all with the same address (St Mary Axe), by the same liquidator at the same time, with EGMs held at Cavenham House, Slough[12] so presumably subsidiaries of Cavenham Foods:[13][14]

1971 Renamed Cavenham Group[15]

1971 Acquired Bovril, including Virol, Marmite and Ambrosia[16]

1972 Acquired Wright's Biscuits and Moores Stores[17]

1972 Acquired the Allied Suppliers retail chain including Home and Colonial Stores, Maypole and Liptons Stores giving ownership of c.2000 stores. A major acquisition in France followed adding to operations in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Ireland, South Africa and North America[18]. The Lipton tea interests were then sold to Unilever as part of the deal to buy Allied Suppliers[19]

1972 Sold the British biscuit making businesses to United Biscuits[20]

1977 Virol was sold to Janks Brothers of High Wycombe.

1977 Effectively became a subsidiary of another of Goldsmith's companies, Generale Occidentale of France[21]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Oct 16, 1964
  2. The Times, Nov 29, 1969
  3. The Times Nov 02, 1964
  4. The Times, Jul 08, 1965
  5. The Times, Nov 15, 1965
  6. The Times , Jun 07, 1966
  7. The Times, Dec 10, 1968
  8. The Times, November 29, 1969
  9. The Times, Oct 09, 1969
  10. The Times, Nov 29, 1969
  11. The Times, Feb 05, 1970
  12. The London Gazette 30 March 1971
  13. The London Gazette 30 March 1971
  14. The London Gazette 12 March 1970
  15. The Times, Apr 14, 1972
  16. The Times, Aug 18, 1971
  17. The Times Jan 21, 1972
  18. The Times, Apr 14, 1972
  19. The Times, Aug 24, 1972
  20. The Times, Jul 05, 1972
  21. The Times, May 03, 1978
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