Ranks Hovis McDougall
Ranks Hovis McDougall was a United Kingdom food business, later known by its initials RHM.
Over time it owned a number of leading brands including:
- Be-Ro Flour
- Hovis bread and flour
- Mr Kipling cakes
- Mother's Pride bread
- Cadbury's cakes (manufactured under licence from Cadbury Schweppes)
- Atora shredded suet
- McDougalls flour and cake mixes
- Robertson's jams
- Frank Cooper's jams
- Rombouts coffee
1967 Opened new premises at the Group Research Centre at High Wycombe.
1968 Acquired Cerebos in an agreed take-over. As well as being involved in agricultural products and raw materials, Cerebos owned brands such as Cerebos and Saxa salt, Bisto gravy, Paxo stuffing, Brands soups and pastes, Scott's porridge oats, Crampton gravy browning, Hugon (Atora) shredded suets, Sharwood's Indian, Chinese and SE Asian sauces, Stamina pet foods.
1970 The RHM Research Centre at High Wycombe employed 200 scientists and technicians; work on food preservation and freeze drying, on convenience foods and in extended pilot plant facilities; also had opened plant studies laboratory to work on disease resistance in cereals; a commercial pilot at Ashford would demonstrate the processing of wheat into gluten and sugars; long-term project to produce protein from starch by fermentation had reached lab. pilot trial stage.
1971 Publicity for annual results described group as RHM Ranks Hovis McDougall
1971 RHM supplied a quarter of the bread sold in Britain, including Mothers Pride, Hovis and Nimble. The company had many other products including RHM Foods and its branded goods, cereal seeds, flour, and was even a supplier of armoured vehicles; the company was the world's only supplier of freeze-dried eggs using an accelerated process it had developed
1972 Spillers acquired the business of Stamina Foods from Ranks Hovis McDougall for £lM. Stamina Foods was purchased for its 'own label' business; its factory at St Helens was closed prior to acquisition and the use of its brand names 'Stamina' and Taws' was subsequently discontinued.
1977 Acquired US company Red Wing which was RHM's largest US investment.
1978 Acquired the baking operation of Spillers French Holdings
1992 Purchased by Tomkins plc; RHM was delisted from the London Stock Exchange
2005 The company was again listed on the LSE in July.
2006 The name was changed to RHM plc from Ranks Hovis McDougall plc; subsidiaries included:
- Avana Bakeries Ltd
- British Bakeries Ltd
- Centura Foods Ltd
- Charnwood Foods Ltd
- Manor Bakeries Ltd
- Rank Hovis Ltd
- RHM Foodservice Ltd
- RHM Frozen Foods Ltd
- RHM Technology Ltd
- R. F. Brookes Ltd
- Robertson's-Ledbury Preserves Ltd
2007 March: the entire share capital was bought by rival Premier Foods and RHM ceased to exist as an independent entity
2015 Operations at Middlewich, Cheshire
Sources of Information
- The Times, 4 July 1968
- The Times, 4 July 1968
- The Times Sept. 11, 1969
- The Times, 23 January 1970
- The Times Sept. 24, 1971
- The Times, 4 January 1972
- The Times, 5 January 1977
- The Times, April 7, 1987
- The Times June 15, 1990
- The Times Saturday, July 22, 2000
- 2006 Annual report
-  Wikipedia