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Allied Mills Ltd (1949 - 1986)

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Location: Summer Hill, New South Wales

In 1986 Allied Mills merged with Goodman Group Ltd (New Zealand) to form Goodman Fielder Ltd. Allied Mills was delisted from the Australian Stock Exchange in 1987.

Incorporated in News South Wales on October 18, 1949, to amalgamate the interests of Thorpes Ltd, and Mungo Scott Pty Ltd and Keys & Co Pty Ltd, flour milling and stock feed businesses. In 1962 operations were extended in Victoria with the acquisition of John Darling and Sons (Australia) Ltd. In October 1965 the issue capital of Maize Products Pty Ltd was acquired.

From its early years the company diversified its activities. In the late 1940s the company acquired Vegetable Oils Pty Ltd, which produced margarine and other vegetable oil products; later Mowbray Industries Limited was formed as a holding company for these interests, which extended throughout Australia with brands such as 'Daffodil', 'Tulip' and 'Meadow Lea'. In the late 1950s the company started to acquire bakeries.

During 1969, the group underwent a rearrangement amongst its wholly-owned subsidiaries whereby trading assets were transferred to a central operating company and trading was maintained through various branches under separate business names.

During 1979, the company acquired from the Marrick Holdings Pty Ltd, its retail industrial margarine, cooking fats, bottled oils and groceries selling under the names 'ETA', 'Mother’s Choice', 'Praise', 'Pilot' and 'Chefol'. Also acquired were Eta Foods and the PDF Grocery businesses.

In Feb 1981 Allied Mills acquired from Henry Jones (IXL) Ltd the Kensington Flour Mill and the associated packaged consumer and health food business, which formed part of that company’s group. In 1984, the company established its operations in California, USA, by marketing of the ‘Meadow Lea’ edible oils products.

On 30 April 1986 it was taken over by Fielder Gillespie Davis Limited.

Sources used to compile this entry: Original data from D. Terwiel, S. P. Ville and G. A. Fleming, Australian Business Records: An Archival Guide, Canberra : Australian National University, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Dept. of Economic History, 1998. Subsequent information provided by RMIT, MBIT student, Catherine Nolan.
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 ? - 1949 Keys & Co Pty Ltd
 ? - 1949 Mungo Scott Pty Ltd
 ? - 1949 Thorpes Ltd
       1949 - 1986 Allied Mills Ltd
              Goodman Fielder Ltd

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