Cow & Gate

West Surrey Central Dairy CompanyDried Milk Products
Cow & Gate is a United Kingdom based dairy products company, which expanded into milk bottling, distribution, and baby food production.wikipedia
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Uniq plc

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It merged in 1959 with United Dairies to form Unigate plc, which today is known as Uniq plc.
The company was formed in 1959 by the merger of the UK's largest dairy products company United Dairies, with Cow & Gate, earlier known as the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, forming Unigate.

Guildford

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After the 1882 death in Guildford, Surrey of grocer Charles Gates, his two sons Charles Arthur and Leonard took over the running of the shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.
In 1888 three more of the Gates brothers and their sons joined the business, which led to the formal registration of the company under the name of the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, which after development of its dried milk baby formula in 1906 became Cow & Gate.

Nutricia

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The Cow & Gate brand survives as a specialist baby food brand, owned by Netherlands-based Numico.
Cow & Gate was bought by Nutricia in 1981.

United Dairies

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It merged in 1959 with United Dairies to form Unigate plc, which today is known as Uniq plc.
After the 1958 retirement of its long-time rival Cow & Gate's chairman, Bramwell Gates, its rival's new chairman Ernest Augustus Taylor began to negotiate a merger between the two companies.

Wincanton plc

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Over the next 70 years, Wincanton Transport become one of the UK's largest transport concerns.
Wincanton was founded in 1925, as Wincanton Transport & Engineering Ltd, a subsidiary of the West Surrey Central Dairy Company, a company which has since been known as Cow & Gate, Unigate and then Uniq.

United Kingdom

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Cow & Gate is a United Kingdom based dairy products company, which expanded into milk bottling, distribution, and baby food production.

Netherlands

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The Cow & Gate brand survives as a specialist baby food brand, owned by Netherlands-based Numico.

Surrey

County of SurreySurrey, EnglandSRY
After the 1882 death in Guildford, Surrey of grocer Charles Gates, his two sons Charles Arthur and Leonard took over the running of the shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.

Grocery store

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After the 1882 death in Guildford, Surrey of grocer Charles Gates, his two sons Charles Arthur and Leonard took over the running of the shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.

Walter Gilbey

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After the 1882 death in Guildford, Surrey of grocer Charles Gates, his two sons Charles Arthur and Leonard took over the running of the shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.

Beer

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After the 1882 death in Guildford, Surrey of grocer Charles Gates, his two sons Charles Arthur and Leonard took over the running of the shop, which held the local distribution franchise for Gilbey's wines and spirits, and also sold beer.

Temperance movement

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In line with the temperance movement, the brothers added tea and coffee to their lines.

Separator (milk)

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Using a milk separator, they bought milk from local farmers, and after extracting the cream and whey, sold the skim back to the farmers for pig feed.

Creamery

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From this base the company expanded quickly, buying creameries in the milk producing West Country of the country in Somerset and Dorset, and latterly Ireland.

West Country

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From this base the company expanded quickly, buying creameries in the milk producing West Country of the country in Somerset and Dorset, and latterly Ireland.

Somerset

SomersetshireSomerset, EnglandCounty of Somerset
From this base the company expanded quickly, buying creameries in the milk producing West Country of the country in Somerset and Dorset, and latterly Ireland.

Dorset

DorsetshireDorset, EnglandCounty of Dorset
From this base the company expanded quickly, buying creameries in the milk producing West Country of the country in Somerset and Dorset, and latterly Ireland.

Ireland

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From this base the company expanded quickly, buying creameries in the milk producing West Country of the country in Somerset and Dorset, and latterly Ireland.

Milk

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The early logo was not designed as such, but more created through what the milk jug makers had put on the outside of the companies distinctive light-brown milk jugs, which was described as: "A cow looking uncomfortably through a somewhat untypical four-barred gate, rather as if its neck had got stuck between the bars".

Leicester

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In 1904 Dr. Killick Millard, medical officer of health for Leicester, asked the company to supply powdered milk to help feed children of poor families.

Powdered milk

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In 1904 Dr. Killick Millard, medical officer of health for Leicester, asked the company to supply powdered milk to help feed children of poor families.

World War I

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Post the First World War, the WSCDC had gone public on the London Stock Exchange under the chairmanship of Bramwell Gates, son of Walter Gates.

London Stock Exchange

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Post the First World War, the WSCDC had gone public on the London Stock Exchange under the chairmanship of Bramwell Gates, son of Walter Gates.

Kilburn, London

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Gates started purchasing creameries and bottling plants across the United Kingdom, starting with Wallens Dairy Company of Kilburn in 1924.

Cornwall

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In the next 15 years the dairy business footprint expanded across Cornwall, Lancashire, Yorkshire and much of Wales.