William Jackson Food Group

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

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


The company was founded by William Jackson (1828-1912), who was born in Elstronwick and opened his first shop at 28 Scale Lane in Hull in 1851.[1][not in citation given] He originally traded as a grocer and tea dealer.[2]

The first bakery opened in 1891 and the current Jackson's bakery on Derringham Street opened in 1907.[1][2]

The company developed a process for commercially producing Yorkshire puddings in 1968.[2] In 1974 Butlin's leisure company asked the bakery to create a Yorkshire pudding for its holiday camps which lead to the development of the Aunt Bessie's brand as of 2016 producing 20 million Yorkshire puddings a week.[3]

The company acquired Abel & Cole in 2012 and The Food Doctor in 2016.[4]

Current operations[edit]

The company's businesses include Jacksons (bakery), Aunt Bessie's (frozen food), Jacksons Bakery (bread), Abel&Cole (organic food delivery), The Food Doctor (snacks), MyFresh (vegetable processing) and the Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington (pub-restaurant).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jackson's bread on sale for first time in a decade". Scunthorpe Telegraph. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Founder of Hull's William Jackson Food Group honoured with Mayor's Centenary Plaque". Hull City Council. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Made in Hull: 10 great inventions and products from LCD to the boiled sweet". Hull Daily Mail. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  4. ^ "William Jackson Food Group acquires health food brand". British Baker. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2018.

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