Cavenham Foods

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Cavenham Foods
Industry Retail
Fate Liquidated
Founded 1965
Defunct Early 1980s
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
James Goldsmith, (Chairman)

Cavenham Foods was one of the United Kingdom's largest food processing businesses.


The Company was founded by Sir James Goldsmith in 1965 when he bought up a series of bakeries.[1] In 1971 Cavenham acquired the Bovril Company but then sold most of its dairies and South American operations to finance further take-overs.[2] These take-overs came quickly and included Allied Suppliers (a British supermarket business) for £86m in 1972, the Grand Union Company (an American supermarket business) for £62m in 1973, Colonial Stores (another American supermarket business) for £133m in 1978 and J. Weingarten Inc. (also an American supermarket business) in 1979.[2]

Goldsmith divested most of his investments in the early 1980s.[2] The main British part of the business, Allied Suppliers, went to Argyll Foods.[3]


  1. ^ The Young Lions of Europe Time Magazine, 25 September 1972
  2. ^ a b c Goldsmith Archived January 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Obituary: James Gulliver The Independent, 23 September 1996