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1975 The company was founded by Harry Solomon and David Thompson as Hillsdown Holdings, a holding company for a number of their investments. The name came from Thompson's house - Hillsdown.
The Principal areas of activity were:
1981 it acquired Lockwood Foods, a canned foods business
1982 Acquired from Imperial Group its UK chicken and egg, animal feed and meat trading operations to Hillsdown Holdings, including Allied Farm Foods, Buxted Poultry, Eastwood Thompson and J. B. Eastwood
1986 it bought various food businesses from Beecham Group
1990 it acquired Premier Brands which included Typhoo and Cadbury's drinks.
At the end of 1994, J. Lyons and Co sold its Lyons Biscuits Ltd. to Hillsdown Holdings, which later sold it to a U.S. investment firm which subsequently sold it to large biscuit manufacturer Burton's Foods Ltd.
1999 The company was bought by the private equity company Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst.
2002 Bought Nestlé's ambient foods business.
2004 Premier Foods was listed on the London Stock Exchange4.