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Dawson and Barfos

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Brewers and soft drink industry engineers, and engineers for the malting industry

1966 Dawson Brothers merged with Barfos in a new company Dawson and Barfos Ltd[1]

1966 Acquired George Porteus[2]

1970 Moved the essences and fruit juice production to Wellingborough; 7 engineering subsidiaries grouped in a new subsidiary, Dawson and Barfos Manufacturing[3]. Acquired Graham-Enock Manufacturing Co, makers of blow-moulding and filling equipment[4][5]

1971 Disposal of South African subsidiary, closure of some plant and changes in management in response to losses by the engineering side of the business[6]

1972 Acquired British Essence[7]

1973 Vickers acquired Dawson and Barfos Manufacturing, of Gomersal and Thetford, making it the largest manufacturer of bottling equipment in the UK[8]

1973 Acquired by Matthews Holdings who were broadening the range of their food business[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, May 11, 1966
  2. The Times, Aug 29, 1966
  3. The Times, Jun 19, 1970
  4. The Times, Jul 25, 1970
  5. The Times, Sep 29, 1970
  6. The Times, Jun 03, 1971
  7. The Times, May 10, 1972
  8. The Times, Nov 29, 1973
  9. The Times, Nov 07, 1975