Foster Clark Products Ltd

Key Events


1889

George Foster Clark, then just 25 years old, begins experimenting in his mother’s kitchen. He wanted to discover better ways to make baking aids, cake flour and even lemonade powder.

1891

With an initial share capital of £27.50, George starts Foster Clark & Co together with his two brothers, William and Henry.

1895

The company purchases part of the former Chambers Jam Factory on Hart Street.

1910

With a capital of £54,300, Foster Clark is registered as a private company – the size of the premises is increased, as was the range of its products.

1928

Foster Clark is registered as a public company on the London Stock Exchange, with a capital of £500,000. Company shares are given to all employees who have been in service for over 10 years.

1929

The company becomes one of the first in Great Britain to add the canning of fruit and vegetables to its product range.

1950

Financial hardship hits the firm when demand shifts towards fast and frozen foods.

1960

Foster Clark merged with St Martin Group of companies.

1961

The company faces another setback when one of its largest warehouses is destroyed by fire.

1963

Sales continue to fall after the fire and the company is put up for sale to keep it afloat.

1965

Foster Clark is sold to OXO Ltd, who continue the trade of Foster Clark within its own organisation.

1967

Paul Busuttil, a distributor for Foster Clark in Malta, encourages owners OXO/Brooke to set up a join venture manufacturing in Malta.

1974

Frank Busuttil succeeds his father and contributes to the growth of the business, both in Malta and overseas.

1984

Unilever acquires Brooke Bond and its share in Foster Clark.

1986

Charles Busuttil succeeds his brother and leads the company to the next stage of its development.

1992

A major investment programme sees the opening of new office premises, as well as the introduction of a ‘wet goods’ production plant.

1997

The start of a new era is marked by the inauguration of a new factory and offices.

2000

The Busuttil family acquires all the shares in Foster Clark Products.

2009

The company continues to invest in new state-of-the-art production facilities, and expands its geography footprint.

2011

Joseph Busuttil succeeded his uncle who is currently leading the company to the next stage of its development

2014

A newly constructed automated logistics centre with 16,000 + Sqm of storage space was inaugurated

2015

Saw the taking over of B&S Manufacturing & B&S Exports operations and trading.