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Former type Private company, Subsidiary
Industry Food manufacturing
Fate Disposed/Closed
Successors Kerry Group
Founded 1805
Defunct 2008
Headquarters Trowbridge, Wiltshire, UK
Key people Abraham Bowyer (founder)
Parent Marsh Bodiner 1946 - 1984
Northern Foods 1985 - 2007

Bowyers was a large company based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, based manufacturer of meat products, with a particularly well known brand of sausages which are still produced today.

In 1805, Abraham Bowyer set up a grocers shop in Trowbridge. He became well known for his meat products, and particularly his sausages. As his business developed, Bowyer began to specialise in meat products. Merged with Wiltshire Bacon in Chippenham and Calne & Harris in Calne, Bowyers became part of the Marsh Bodiner Group. This allowed a capital injection, which resulted in the companies move into Innox Mill, Trowbridge in 1954.

Acquired by Northern Foods in 1985,[1] it was merged in 1990 with Palethorpes of Market Drayton into new company Pork Farms Bowyers. In 2001, the Bowyers and Palethorpes pork sausage business and brands were sold to Kerry Group, to allow the company to concentrate on baked meat products.[2]

The company was bought by Vision Capital in 2007, as part of a £160million divestment by Northern Foods.[3] With European Union laws focusing on the statutory need to produce Melton Mowbray Pork Pies within a defined distance of Melton Mowbray, the company chose to close the Bowyers plant with the loss of 400 jobs, and invest £12million into the Nottingham plant to increase Melton Mowbray Pork Pie production.[4] Some were subsequently offered jobs in the Pork Farms plant at Shaftesbury.

The residual site at Innox Mill was proposed to be sold to Wiltshire College to develop a new campus, with retention of the Grade 2 listed mill, and demolition of the 1950s industrial development. But these plans were dropped in December 2009, leaving the site with an uncertain future.


  1. ^ "History". Northern Foods. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Jobs could go at Bowyers factory". This is Wiltshire. 2001-12-07. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Pork Farms". Vision Capital. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ "EU blamed for pie company's move". BBC News. 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2010-06-30.