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Grand Met started out as a hotel business becoming Grand Metropolitan Hotels Ltd in 1962.
1970 To this was added Mecca
Acquired brewery company Truman, Hanbury, Buxton and Co
1972 Acquired Watney Mann becoming Grand Metropolitan Ltd. and International Distillers and Vintners which owned the brands Smirnoff Vodka, J. and B. Whisky, Bailey's Irish Cream, Gilbey's Gin, Piat Wine and Croft Sherry and port.
In the 1980s Grand Met took over the US Liggett Group (producers of wines and spirits), Warner Holidays, Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation, Heublein Inc (wines and spirits) and companies in the United States.
1982 Death of Sir Maxwell Joseph
1984 Its contract catering businesses, Grand Metropolitan Catering Services, were renamed Compass Services
1987 Management buy-out of Compass Services (the largest MBO in Britain up to that time)
1988-90 Disposed of a number of businesses acquired in the previous two decades, most notably Inter-Continental Hotels and Mecca.
1989 Acquired Wimpy.
1990 Deal with Dalgety to exchange certain brands: acquired Memory Lane Cakes, making Grand Metropolitan's cakes business one of the largest in Europe, in exchange for Greens baking mixes, and Hammonds sauces, which Grand Met acquired with Pillsbury