The Griffin's Story
It's been over 140 years since Griffin's first started in Nelson. In that time we have had an exciting journey. Follow our history from humble flour milling beginnings all the way to where we are today, one of New Zealand's largest branded food companies.
May 1854: John Griffin set sail with his wife and seven children from the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom towards a land of promise on the opposite side of the world. 100 days later, their ship arrived in Nelson, New Zealand where they settled into their new lives.
1864: John Griffin set up as a flour and cocoa miller in Nelson.
1890: Business boomed and John Griffin was able to expand into making biscuits and sweets out of the raw ingredients he was milling. The tradition of quality ingredients and Kiwi recipes has been at the heart of our business ever since.
1895: A raging fire engulfed the original Nelson factory, destroying the building. The only way to rebuild was to raise money by taking the company public. The resulting company was Griffin & Sons Limited.