John and Sarah Hill started Hill Biscuits in 1855. The two founders originally had a shop that was located in Dukinfield where they sold provisions and grocery. John and Sarah initially only wanted to complement the products that they sold at the store, which is why they started baking biscuits. Back then, they had named their business John Hill and Co..
In 1889, the demand for the Hill’s biscuits started to grow and so biscuit production was significantly increased. Hill Biscuits continued to grow to become a limited company in the year 1906. In the succeeding years, the company’s name changed to Hill Biscuits, and the company went into several ownerships. Among the company’s former owners was John Mackintosh and Co., a company that was eventually purchased by Rowntrees in 1969.
In 1980, Rowntrees made the decision to sell Hill Biscuits. Don Bennett’s company bought Hill. Under Bennett’s management, Hill Biscuits became a private company one again. Despite being under a new leadership, the values that the original owners are still being carried on up to this day.
In 2007, Hill Biscuits underwent major developments in its products and packaging. These developments led to an increased awareness of the company’s products, as well as an increase in their distribution.
Today, Hill Biscuits continues to create a wide variety of biscuits, from plain, to semi-sweet, sweet, and cream-filled. To many who patronize the company’s products, Hill Biscuits can be associated with “something nice.” That is what the taste of these biscuits make one think of, something that tastes nice. Among its biscuit varieties are custard, orange, strawberry creams and bourbon biscuits. Hill Biscuits offers a selection of cream biscuits and fingers biscuits. The company also has Snack Packs, which are individually packed gingerbread biscuits.
Aside from its own retail brand, Hill Biscuits also produces biscuits for private labels. The company also accepts contract manufacturing of biscuit ingredients and other ingredients. Although the company’s main operations is focused in the United Kingdom, Hill Biscuits products are also exported to other parts of the world.
Headquarters: GreaterManchester, United Kingdom
Ownership Type: Private
Demography: biscuits and bakery products consumers, foodservice operators, retail food shops, wholesale food shops