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British Industrial History

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William Wrigley and Co, makers of Wrigley's Chewing gum.

1891 Company founded in Chicago making soap and baking powder

1893 Gum given away with baking powder proved popular; Spearmint gum launched.

1914 Introduction of Doublemint

1927 Opened a factory at Wembley

1968 Moved to a new factory at Estover, Plymouth[1]

2004 Acquired Life Savers and Altoids brands from Kraft (purchase of Callard and Bowser Nuttall).

2005 closed Bridgend factory

2008 Wrigley's was acquired by the Mars Group, forming the world's largest confectionery business; Wrigley's could continue to operate as an independent business[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times July 24, 1968
  2. The Times Apr. 29, 2008
  • The Times, October 24, 2006