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Avana Group

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Food group principally involved in baking, especially own-label goods for supermarkets

1963 Avana Associated Bakeries changed its name to Avana Group

1964 Acquired R. F. Brookes, maker of meat pies[1]

Presumably included Avana Bakeries and Avana Meat Products; success in diversification and expansion.

Recognised for its innovative approach to the food industry.

1964 Subsidiary companies included[2]:

1981 Acquired James Robertson and Sons, jam makers[3]

1983 The major contributor to group profits was R. F. Brookes, supplier to M&S; also owned Viota breakfast cereal and Unican, maker of home brewing kits; acquired Lesme, maker of chocolate[4]

1987 Sold the wheat bisks and wheat flakes business to Weetabix; take-over offer by Ranks Hovis McDougall[5] which was eventually successful[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times June 13, 1964
  2. The Times, September 14, 1964
  3. The Times June 20, 1983
  4. The Times, October 27, 1983
  5. The Times, February 27, 1987
  6. The Times, April 7, 1987