Wittington Investments is controlled by the Weston Family, and is the ultimate holding company of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), one of Europe's largest food companies and owners of George Weston Foods in Australia.
|Wittington Investments Ltd||UK||website|
| Garfield Weston Foundation
owns 79% of Wittington Investments Ltd
|Wittington Investments Ltd|
Wittington Investments subsidiary Fortnum & Mason has been targeted by PETA for continuing to sell foie gras. Foie gras is made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been force fed grain through a tube for the last 12-18 days of its life under factory farm conditions. More than a dozen countries have prohibited foie gras production due to animal welfare concerns.
[Source 2012][More on Animal Rights]
UK-based protest group, UK Uncut, targeted Wittington Investments during protests in March 2011 for their tax avoidance policies.
[Source 2011][More on Finance]
Brands in 'bread' category received BOTTOM Rating; with a score of 46 out of a possible score of 100 in the Ethical Company Organisation's 'Good Shopping Guide' (UK), which evaluates brands with regard to their environmental, animal welfare and human rights records.
|Garfield Weston Foundation|
In 2010, the UK Charity Commission found that some of the family members who run the Garfield Weston Foundation allowed an investment company it controlled (Wittington Investments) to make illegal political donations between 1993 and 2007. The Charity Commission also found that the charity's nine trustees breached their duties in January 2006 by voting for a resolution allowing Wittington to make donations without giving proper consideration.
[Source 2010][More on Governance]
The Garfield Weston Foundation gives grants to UK registered charities, with the exception of animal welfare charities. Organisations with an 'exempt' or 'excepted' status such as churches, hospitals, educational establishments and housing corporations may also apply for grants.
[Source 2012][More on Finance]
|Company Structure||Private Company|
|Subsidiaries||Associated British Foods PLC (55% owned)
- AB Food & Beverages Australia Pty Ltd
- George Weston Foods Ltd
- R. Twining & Co Ltd
- Acetum SpA
- Primark Stores Ltd
- Silver Spoon Company
- Jordans & Ryvita Company (62% owned)
|Address||London , United Kingdom|
Products / BrandsTwinings & Co
George Weston Foods
9 Grain Bread
Abbot's Village Bakery Bread
Bagle House Bread
Bazaar Flat Bread
English Muffins Bread
Jasol Multi-Purpose Cleaners
Kitchen Collection Flour & Bread Mix
KR Castlemaine Smallgoods/Pork
Mills & Wares Cakes
Pataks Cooking Sauce
The One Bread
Tip Top Bread
Tip Top Flour & Bread Mix
Tip Top Flat Bread
Top Taste Cakes
Billington's (sucrose) Sugar & Sweeteners