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J. A. and P. Holland

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Arthur Holland, toffee and caramel maker, of Southport

1953 Public company incorporated[1]

1960 Started to diversify, acquiring:

1961 Acquired Harper Paper Group; Granada Theatres invested in the new group as part of a strategy of diversification into confectionery[2]

1961 OctoberL had made 23 acquisitions during the preceding 3 months[3]

1961 November: Made 8 acquisitions

1962 January: Acquired Visual Container Co of London, Wholesale Supplies Ltd of Buxton, and Ellis and Carter of Liverpool.[4]

1965 Carr and Co bid for the family holding in the company but did not intend to make a full take-over; the company' expansion plans since 1960 had not fully successful and shareholders had not had a dividend since 1963[5]

1965 Cavenham Foods acquired the remaining shares that it did not already own[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, March 12, 1953
  2. The Times, June 1, 1961
  3. The Times January 5, 1962
  4. The Times January 5, 1962
  5. The Times, January 26, 1965
  6. The Times, Jul 08, 1965