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Ranks Hovis McDougall Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1962 onwards

Formed when Joseph Rank Ltd acquired Hovis McDougall in 1962.

Hovis Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 2014

The limited company was formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Premier Foods, owners of the Hovis brand and the Gores Group.

The Gores Group

  • Corporate body
  • 1978

The company owns 51% of Hovis Ltd.

Tomkins plc

  • Corporate body
  • 1925-2010

Beginning as a manufacturer of buckles, the firm became a multi-industrial conglomerate and was known as the "buns to guns" company as they owned both the milling firm Rank Hovis and the gun manufacturers Smith and Wesson.

Joseph Rank Ltd

  • Corporate body
  • 1875-1962

Joseph Rank began working at a small windmill in Hull in 1875. In 1885 he built his first roller mill, Alexandra Mill, and in 1891 the much larger Clarence Mill. In 1899 the company was incorporated as Joseph Rank Ltd. Many other milling companies were purchased, and new mills constructed in ports around the country.

On Joseph Rank's death in 1945 his son James became chairman, followed by his brother J Arthur Rank in 1952. In 1962 the company acquired Hovis-McDougall, becoming Ranks Hovis McDougall Limited.

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