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Aunt Bessie's Ltd
PredecessorTryton Foods Ltd
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
Nicholas Oughtred (chairman)
ProductsFrozen food
Number of employees
ParentWilliam Jackson Food Group (Company)
Symingtons Food Group (Gravy, Custard and Stuffing under licence)

Aunt Bessie’s Limited (until 2008 known as Tryton Foods Ltd) is a UK producer of frozen food products under the brand name Aunt Bessie’s. The company produces frozen Yorkshire puddings, potato products, meal accompaniments, ready meals, vegetables and desserts. The company has its factories in Hull and employs over 350 staff.[1]

Since 2010, food manufacturer Symington's in Leeds has manufactured many of the Aunt Bessie’s branded mixes and stuffings on behalf of the company.[2]


Aunt Bessie’s Limited is a subsidiary to the William Jackson Food Group, a food retail and manufacturing business founded in Hull in 1851. The current chairman, Nicholas Oughtred, is the great-great grandson of the founder, William Jackson.

The William Jackson Group's frozen Yorkshire puddings were originally created for Butlins Holiday Camps in 1974.[3] In 1995 the company started producing its Yorkshire puddings for British supermarket chains under the label Aunt Bessie's,[4] so a special food manufacturing company was set up, called Tryton Foods. Its name was taken from The Triton Inn at Brantingham, which then was part of the William Jackson group and noted for its Yorkshire puddings.[5]

Aunt Bessie’s frozen roast potatoes were introduced in 1999[6] and were one of a number of products including chips and croquettes that had been manufactured under licence by Heinz at their factory in Norfolk[7] until the contract for the deal ended in 2015.[8]

By 2001 the retail value of the brand was over £50 million and it had become one of the top 100 brands in Britain.[9] As the fastest growing frozen food brand its value had grown to £110 million by 2014 and in consumer surveys it had a recognition score of 70%.[10]

In August 2004, the supermarket division of the William Jackson company, Jacksons Stores, based in North Ferriby, was sold to Sainsbury's for £100 million, and the company began to focus on food production rather than retail.[11]

In early 2008, sales of the Aunt Bessie’s Homestyle mashed potato doubled when it featured in Delia Smith's How to Cheat at Cooking for use in a shepherd's pie.[12][13] The same year, the company name was changed to Aunt Bessie's Ltd.[14]

In its list of Britain’s biggest brands, The Grocer ranked Aunt Bessie’s at 50 in 2016 and 55 in 2017.[15][16]

In June 2018, Nomad Foods agreed to buy the Aunt Bessie's business from William Jackson for £210 million.[17]


  • Financial Times, page 13, 4 February 2004
  1. ^ "Aunt Bessie's Production Facility Upgrade". Packaging Gateway. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Symington's: Aunt Bessie's". Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Made in Hull: 10 great inventions and products from LCD to the boiled sweet". Hull Daily Mail. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Success for Aunt Bessie". BBC News. 10 February 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  5. ^ "From Butlin's to Aunt Bessie's". Hull Daily Mail. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  6. ^ "The chips are up for successful food factory". Norfolk News. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Frozen Foods". Food manufacture. William Reed Business Media. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Heinz UK site faces axe after end to Aunt Bessie's deal". just-food. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Devastated puds firm rises to top". The Yorkshire Post. 10 July 2001. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Frozen Foods". Food manufacture. William Reed Business Media. 13 December 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Sainsbury's pays £100m for shop chain". The Telegraph. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  12. ^ Ross, Deborah (14 March 2008). "Aunt Bessie's thanks. Oh Delia, you've made me so saucy!". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Aunt Bessie's case study: Maintaining growth in frozen foods by stressing convenience and tradition (CSCM0244)" (PDF). DATAMONITOR. 2009. p. 9. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  14. ^ "AUNT BESSIE'S LIMITED". Companies House. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Britain's Biggest Brands 2016". The Grocer. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Britain's Biggest Brands 2017". The Grocer. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Aunt Bessie's: Frozen food firm to be sold in £210m deal". BBC News. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.

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