Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Baronet

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Sir Edmund Hoyle Vestey, 1st Baronet (3 February 1866 – 18 November 1953) was an English food producer and importer and shipowner, co-founder of Vestey Brothers.

Vestey was born in Liverpool, the fifth child of provision merchant Samuel Vestey and younger brother of William Vestey, later to become his business partner. He was educated at the Liverpool Institute and then joined his father's firm in 1883. He was soon given the management of his father's corned beef cannery in Chicago. In 1890 he joined William in his new business of importing refrigerated meat from Argentina. The Union Cold Storage Company was to become one of the world's largest cold storage operations. They began to diversify into other food products and in 1906 also began importing from China. In 1909 they purchased two tramp steamers (Pakeha, renamed Broderick, and Rangatira, renamed Brodmore) for the China trade and converted them into refrigerated ships. This was the beginning of the Blue Star Line, which was registered in 1911. They set up their own cattle ranches in Argentina. By 1925 the Blue Star Line was the largest refrigerated fleet in the world. In the United Kingdom the Vestey brothers owned 2,365 butcher's shops. Edmund succeeded William as chairman in 1940 and held the post until his death in 1953.

He was created a Baronet in the 1921 Birthday Honours for his services in supplying food to British troops during the First World War.[1]

Vestey was married to Sarah, who later married Conservative Member of Parliament Sir William Lane-Mitchell.[2] Vestey's great-great-grandson is actor Tom Hiddleston.


  1. ^ "No. 32346". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1921. p. 4530. 
  2. ^ ""Rich" M.P. leaves £518". The Cairns Post. 29 April 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 6 February 2015.