Founder William Jackson started this East Yorkshire food producer as a grocer and tea dealer in 1851, and the company is now chaired by his great-great-grandson, Nicholas Oughtred, 56. The group operates businesses including fresh produce supplier MyFresh and Jackson’s Bakery, and has brands such as Aunt Bessie’s, Abel & Cole and Jackson’s Yorkshire’s Champion bread. In 2016, it acquired a majority stake in healthy snack-food manufacturer The Food Doctor for an undisclosed sum, helping turnover reach a record £315.3m.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank60
CompanyWilliam Jackson Food Group
ActivityFood producer
LocationEast Yorkshire
Sales £m315.3
Operating profit £m18.3
Main shareholdersJackson (Oughtred) family (89%), former employees (11%)
Staff2,094
Founded1851
Websitewww.wjfg.co.uk

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