William Jackson Food Group

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William Jackson & Son Limited
Type Private
Industry Food manufacturing
Founded 1851
Founder(s) William Jackson
Headquarters Hessle
Area served United Kingdom
Key people Nicholas Oughtred (Chairman)
Owner(s) Oughtred family
Subsidiaries William Jackson Food Group Limited
Website www.wjfg.co.uk

William Jackson & Son Limited (trading as the William Jackson Food Group) is an English food manufacturer.

The company sold its Jacksons Stores convenience store division to Sainsbury's in 2004. Today it is a food manufacturer, compromising of Abel & Cole, Aunt Bessie's, Jackson's Bakery, Paripak and the public house the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington.

The company is privately owned by the Oughtred family.


The company was established in 1851 by William Jackson in Hull.

Before Jacksons Stores, they were formerly named Grandways, their logo was a character called Price Right and their company colours were red and yellow. At the height of Jacksons' success they even had TV advertising showing their fleet of lorries driving through rural countryside, with the theme music Glow Now, a take on the hit Go now by The Moody Blues, as their prices were apparently glowing with the value for money received as a customer.

Jacksons also originally owned A.I.M. (Automatic Information Management Limited) which ran the computer side of the whole company. The location of A.I.M. was directly adjoining to the bakery and depot.

The company owner Angus Oughtred also owned in partnership an insurance company named "Oughtred and Harrison", originally located on Beverley Road, Hull. The point of the merger was to greatly reduce insurance running costs for the fleet of vehicles.

Current operations[edit]

William Jackson still own Jackson Bakery in Hull, which was also owned by the Oughtred family. Although Jacksons sold their convenience stores, they still kept the Bakery, which currently produces many thousands of loaves of various types every week.

Jacksons also own Tryton Foods Ltd which is located the next street to the Bakery on Trinity Street, Hull.

Famous for their Aunt Bessie's brand of products, they also supply foods to Marks & Spencer in M&S packaging.


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