Allied Bakeries Limited
Allied Bakeries was founded by Willard Garfield Weston in 1935. Initially incorporated as Food Investments Ltd. on 2nd November of that year, the name was changed to Allied Bakeries Ltd. on 9th December. At that time the Company consisted of only seven bakeries which previously had operated as independent family businesses, but even at this early date the Company was operating nationally with bakeries in Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, and London. The profit for the first year was £50,000.
Rapid growth then started, with the Company having more than doubled in size by 1938 with acquisition of nine more bakeries; by 1952 the Company controlled 50 bakeries, and by 1966 the number had grown to 84 bakeries. In parallel with these developments on the bakery side of the business, other food producing and retailing concerns were being acquired, both in Britain and abroad, to form the parent Company, Associated British Foods. In 1964 the Chairman of the latter was able to report that the Group had become "the largest baker in the world".
Today Allied Bakeries is a division of ABF Grain Products Ltd., which in turn is part of the worldwide food company Associated British Foods plc. Allied Bakeries is one of the three main UK producers of plant bread and bakery products and supplies to the whole of the United Kingdom. The Company also provides a wide range of rolls and bakery snacks .
Location and distrubution
Producing bakeries are located at:
Other sites include distribution depots, a head office and state-of-the-art technical centre at Maidenhead.Products
Allied Bakeries has a thriving retailer-brand business with all the major retailers as well as a strong portfolio of major brands including Kingsmill, Allinson, Burgen and Sunblest. The Kingsmill “Everyday” range includes Soft White, Tasty Wholemeal, 5050, Love to Toast and Crusts Away - a totally crustless loaf. The Kingsmill Gold range includes Batch-style, loaves, and in addition there is a range of Kingsmill rolls and bakery snacks. Kingsmill is one of the Top Ten grocery brands in the country.