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July 1986.

Princes Ltd. is a UK based food manufacturer originally specialising in canned foods, but now produce a range of food and drink products.

1880 Established in Liverpool by Simpson and Roberts, trading canned meats and vegetables.

1946 moved to Southport and began food manufacturing.

1960 set up a European base in the Netherlands.

1968 Acquired by J. Bibby and Sons.[1]

1973 Princes was sold to Buitoni (becoming Princes Buitoni).[2]

1988 Buitoni was acquired by Nestle

1989 the Mitsubishi Corporation bought Princes from Nestlé.

Princes Limited brands include Napolina (50%), Shippam's, Crisp 'n Dry, Cookeen, Mazola, Vier Diamanten, Aqua-Pura, Jucee, Princes Real, Flora, Olivio, Virgin Cola, Cape and Ocean Spray.

2002 Associated British Foods acquired Mazola.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, August 29, 1968
  2. The Times, October 27, 1975