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Flour millers of Bow and Ware
of Frenlite House, Lots Road, London SW10 (1964)
Producers of Frenlite self raising flour and Sunlight flour.
1855 Business founded by J W French
1880 introduced roller milling of flour
1934 Incorporated as a public company Developed a trade in cereals and poultry and cattle feed
1963 French's supplied half of J. Lyons and Co's flour needs; Lyons took a 50 percent interest in a new joint venture, Celebrity Holdings Ltd, which would own a majority of French's, which would remain a public company. This development would enable maximum benefits from vertical integration
1969 Lyons acquired the other half of Celebrity Holdings and sold its bread baking interests to Frenchs
1970 Lyons acquired all of the shares it did not already own. Frenchs became a joint venture when Co-operative Wholesale Society bought into the company, merging the milling and baking activities of the 2 companies