However you look at it, we've come a very long way

1864 was quite a year.

In America, Abraham Lincoln was re-elected for his second term as President and Jesse James was at the height of his notoriety while here at home, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the all-new Charing Cross Station opened to the public.

But for us, the highlight of the year was the launch of a small drysalting business in Philpot Lane, London by one Alfred Thomas Thew. Over the subsequent century and a half, Alfred's business moved through generations of family ownership, constantly evolving its offer to meet the changing needs of customers in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Needless to say, we're immensely proud of our history and strive to maintain and build on the traditions of service and innovation that have been at the heart of the Thew Arnott business since those early days.

Here's just a few of the key milestones we've passed along the way.

1864

Alfred Thomas Thew establishes his drysalting business, dealing in a range of chemical products including glues, varnishes, dyes, and colourings.

1867

Alfred's brothers Charles, Robert and William take over the business following Alfred's death.

1912

Robert's son Sidney establishes a shellac bleaching company and would remain in the business for over 50 years.

1930

Robert and Sidney's businesses combine and move to premises in Wallington, Surrey, but retain an office in Water Lane close to the Tower of London. Sidney's sons Cecil and Jack join him in the business.

1931

Sidney goes into partnership with Martin Arnott - a shellac and chalk merchant.

1940s

The company's precipitate chalk business is booming, with many household name customers including Macleans toothpaste, Mackintosh toffees, and Eucryl tooth powder.

1946

Sidney’s grandson Anthony Newman joins the business at 16 and would remain in it for the next 54 years.

1951

Sidney Alfred Thew dies.

1958

Martin Arnott dies and his widow sells his shares in the business to Anthony who by now had progressed to become MD.

1971

Anthony acquires a majority shareholding in the business from Cecil and Jack.

1979

Anthony's son Richard joins the business which is now focused on buying, selling and packaging four key product ranges: Gums, Shellac, Resin and Waxes.

1987

New Years Eve, a fire destroys the premises – Anthony takes a key decision to rebuild.

1988

In August new offices and warehouse opened named "Newman House".

2000

Anthony passes the Company reins to his son Richard who takes over as Managing Director.

2007

Thew Arnott opens its first manufacturing site in Deeside, North Wales making Lecithin Blends.

2008

AraTAs®, LeciTAs® and CalciTAs® trade marks were registered.

2011

Confectionery Coatings – manufacturing started at Deeside.

2013

Glaze & Varnish production facilities opened.

2014

Thew Arnott celebrate 150 years

2015

Colour production facilities opened at Deeside.

2016

New division of Thew Arnott that specialise in colours was established called Horizon Specialities.

2017

March - 10 year anniversary at Deeside facility.

THEW ARNOTT UPGRADE INTERNAL IT SYSTEMS TO SAGE

As a growing business, and a leading manufacturer of bespoke blends and supplier of specialist ingredients to the food industry, we’ve reached the point where it’s time to update our IT systems. Having reviewed the market place we feel that Sage 200 offers the scope and flexibility to meet the needs of our growing business. […]

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THEW ARNOTT EXPANDS TECHNICAL SUPPORT TEAM

As part of our business expansion, Thew Arnott has appointed Verity Clifton as an Applications Technologist. A Food Technology Graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, Verity was previously with Tate & Lyle plc working with starch, proteins, hydrocolloids and fibres. She has also had experience working with Campden BRI. Verity’s role with us will primarily be […]

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