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1907 Four men set up a small venture to boil sugar and make sweets in Forest Gate, London, called Robertson and Woodcock. The new business pulled ahead of its many competitors by doing clever things: buying machinery from Germany, ditching horses for motorised delivery vans and grabbing the opportunities of wartime.

It expanded constantly, first by building more factories then by acquiring other firms.

By the late forties it was a major confectioner.

1961 Robertson and Woodcock, makers of Trebor, acquired Edward Sharp and Sons

1968 Robertson and Woodcock changed its name to Trebor Sharps

By the seventies it was Britain's biggest maker of sugar sweets.

The family of one of its founders, Sydney Marks, steered most of this growth and controlled the firm.

1978 Name reverted to Trebor

1985 Acquired Maynards which was loss making[1]

1989 the Marks family sold Trebor to Cadbury Schweppes.

1990 The name of the Trebor business was changed to Trebor Bassett Ltd; Bassett Foods plc changed its name to Trebor Bassett Holdings Ltd.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times Dec. 20, 1985
  2. 1990 Trebor Bassett Annual report
  • The Trebor Story [1]