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McVitie and Price

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1830 McVitie and Price was founded on Rose Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.

1888 The firm moved to various sites in the city before completing the St. Andrews Biscuit Works factory on Robertson Avenue in the Gorgie district.

1892 McVitie and Price's first major biscuit was the McVitie's Digestive, the first ever digestive biscuit, created by young new employee Alexander Grant. The biscuit was given its name because it was thought that its high baking soda content served as an aid to food digestion.

1894 Though the factory burned down, it was rebuilt the same year and remained operative until 1969, when production ceased and operations were transferred to English sites.

1910 McVitie and Price expanded to a new factory in Harlesden.

1910 Robert McVitie (c.1854-1910), who had started as a small baker, died in Edinburgh left a considerable estate mainly of shares in this company and MacVitties, Guest and Co.[1]

1917 The company expanded to Manchester.

1922 The firm acquired Edinburgh bakery Simon Henderson and Sons.

1947 McVitie and Price made the wedding cake for Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November.

1948 McVitie and Price merged with another Scottish family bakery, Macfarlane, Lang and Co, to become United Biscuits Group.

McVitie's brand products are now manufactured in five United Kingdom factories: the two former McVitie and Price factories in Harlesden and Manchester, a former MacFarlane, Lang and Co factory named Victoria Biscuit Works in Glasgow, a former Carr's factory named The Biscuit Works established 1831 in Carlisle, and the McVitie’s Cake Co factory (formerly Riley's Toffee Works) in Halifax.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 13 December 1910