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J. A. and P. Holland

From Graces Guide

Arthur Holland, toffee and caramel maker, of Southport

1927 Business commenced

1953 Public company incorporated[1] J. A. and P. Holland trading as Arthur Holland the Southport toffee and caramel manufacturers. Directors are John Arthur Holland (senior), John Arthur Holland (junior) and Peter Holland[2]

1960 Started to diversify, acquiring:

1961 Acquired Harper Paper Group; Granada Theatres invested in the new group as part of a strategy of diversification into confectionery[3]

1961 October: had made 23 acquisitions during the preceding 3 months[4]

1961 November: Made 8 acquisitions

1962 January: Acquired Visual Container Co of London, Wholesale Supplies Ltd of Buxton, and Ellis and Carter of Liverpool.[5]

1965 Carr and Co (owned by Cavenham) bid for the family holding in the company but did not intend to make a full take-over; Holland's expansion plans since 1960 had not been fully successful and shareholders had not had a dividend since 1963[6]

1965 Cavenham Foods acquired the remaining shares that it did not already own[7]

c1967 Became part of Cavenham Confectionery

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, March 12, 1953
  2. Liverpool Daily Post - Thursday 12 March 1953
  3. The Times, June 1, 1961
  4. The Times January 5, 1962
  5. The Times January 5, 1962
  6. The Times, January 26, 1965
  7. The Times, Jul 08, 1965