Our History

Our family business has evolved from a one man pig dealing firm founded by George Samworth in 1896 to today’s quality chilled and ambient foods group with over 8,500 people.

2018
Ginsters

Ginsters unveil new product packaging across its chilled savoury pastry and food-to-go category

2017
Oak Meadow

Oak Meadow opens its doors as the new home for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain

2017
West Cornwall Pasty Co

The Group acquire West Cornwall Pasty Co

2015
SCI-MX

The group buys leading sports nutrition brand, SCI-MX

2014
Ashton Green

Bradgate Bakery expands with the building of Bradgate Bakery - Ashton Green

2014
Soreen

Iconic malt loaf brand Soreen is acquired by the Group

2013
Sports Opportunity Fund

Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund is launched

2013
Charity Challenge

Samworth Brothers Charity Challenge fundraising total reaches £1 million

2012
Brooksby

Brooksby Foods established

2011
Family Business of the Year

Samworth Brothers wins the Family Business of the Year Award at the Private Business Awards

2009
David Samworth received a knighthood for services to charity

David Samworth received a knighthood for services to charity

2008
Coldcall

Coldcall established

2008
Blueberry Foods

Blueberry Foods established

2004
UK Food Company of the Year

Ginsters wins Management Today’s UK Food Company of the Year

2003
Business of the Decade

Samworth Brothers wins Leicestershire’s ‘Business of the Decade’ award

2003
Saladworks

Saladworks established

2003
Family Business Honours

Samworth Brothers wins JP Morgan’s Family Business Honours

1999
Tamar Foods

Tamar Foods established

1999
Kettleby Foods

Kettleby Foods established

1998
Samworth Brothers Distribution

Samworth Brothers Distribution established

1998
Melton Foods

Melton Foods established

1997
Kensey Foods

Kensey Foods established

1996
Walkers Deli & Sausage Co

Walkers Deli & Sausage Co established

1993
Bradgate Bakery

Bradgate Bakery established

1992
Westward Laboratories

Westward Laboratories established

1992
Dickinson & Morris

Dickinson & Morris is acquired

1986
Walker & Son of Leicester

Long established Walker & Son of Leicester is acquired

1985
Samworth Brothers

The company changes its name to Samworth Brothers

1978
Pork Farms

Pork Farms is sold to Northern Foods

1977
Ginsters

Ginsters is purchased

1973
Family builds its first ‘own label’ bakery

Family builds its first ‘own label’ bakery

1971
The business is floated as Pork Farms plc

The business is floated as Pork Farms plc

1969
Pork Farms is purchased

Pork Farms is purchased

1950
TN Parrs

Frank Samworth buys TN Parrs

1896
George Samworth starts his own business

George Samworth starts his own business