Records of George Payne & Co, producers of tea, coffee, confectionery, and cocoa, London, England

Scope and Content


  • Correspondence;
  • Production records;
  • Board papers 1978-1994;
  • Register of shareholders 1954-1990;
  • Register of seals 1963-1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Payne & Co Ltd, producers of tea, coffee, confectionery, and cocoa,  London, England, were established in  1896 . Initially, tea and coffee were the principal focus of the company, blending and packing products for all types of retail customers in  London. In  1899 ,  George Payne & Co Ltd entered into an agreement with  James Finaly & Co Ltd, textile manufacturers, tea planters, and merchants,  Glasgow, Scotland, whereby  James Finlay & Co Ltd acted as agents for  George Payne & Co Ltd, and bought shares in the company. In the early twentieth century the company expanded into new products with the production of cocoa in  1905 , and in  1910  with the manufacture of chocolate. Chocolate and confectionery products became an increasing important part of the company's business in the new century, which allowed it to create a range of specialist products. In  1998 ,  George Payne & Co Ltd was bought by  Northern Foods plc, producers of foodstuffs,  Hull, England. The company is still active in the food industry as a subsidiary of  Northern Foods plc.


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Related Material

See also GB 248 UGD 091/1/1/28 f.369 for obituary of George Payne. See also GB 248 UGD 091/1/4/7/2/1.

Material in other repositories: GB 059 Finlay Campbell & Co and Finlay Muir & Co (British Library: Oriental and India Office Collections)


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant (Cataloguing), May 2012. Additional material catalogued and converted into Encoded Archival Description by Peter Morphew, Cataloguing Archivist, January 2016.

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