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J. W. French and Co

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November 1938.

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

1888 Incorporated as a limited company; the business of A. J. Stratton of Ware Park Mills, Ware was associated with it. [1]

1934 Incorporated as a public company[2] Developed a trade in cereals and poultry and cattle feed

1960 acquired Chelsea Flour Mills[3] and the rice milling business of T. R. Denny[4]

1962 Acquired H. Cohen and Co, flour importers and factors[5]

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[6]

1964 Acquired W. Clark of Bexleyheath[7]

1969 Lyons acquired the other half of Celebrity Holdings and sold its bread baking interests to Frenchs[8]

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[9]

1971 formation of new joint venture with Spillers, called Spillers French Holdings to bring together their flour milling, baking and animal feed activities in order to reduce over-capacity.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Jan 07, 1888
  2. The Times Oct 24, 1934
  3. The Times, Sep 30, 1960
  4. The Times, Oct 28, 1960
  5. The Times Jun 20, 1962
  6. The Times, Sep 04, 1963
  7. The Times, Jan 06, 1964
  8. The Times, Jun 17, 1969
  9. The Times, Oct 15, 1971