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Northern Dairies

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1937 Founded by Alec Horsley as a family-run dairy business based in Holme on Spalding Moor.

1942 The business was registered as Northern Dairies

1956 Became a public company

1958 Alec's son Nicholas Horsley joined the then Northern Dairies as a trainee manager, becoming a director in 1963. His first great business success was to acquire, very cheaply, a stake in a small ice-cream company called Mr Whippy, which he sold-on to Charles Forte for a very high price two years later.

1969 When his father retired, Nick came into his own as chairman.

1972 Name changed to Northern Foods

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