The Vestey Group (Vestey Group Ltd) (formerly Vestey Brothers) is a privately owned UK group of companies, comprising an international food product business (that includes meats, dairy products, frozen vegetables, bakery products, food services and trading) and significant cattle ranching and sugar cane farming interests in Brazil and Venezuela.
William Vestey (later Lord Vestey) and his younger brother Edmund (later Sir Edmund) established the Vestey empire in 1897 from a family butchery business in Liverpool.
They were a pioneer of refrigeration, opening a cold store in London in 1895.
The Vestey brothers were initially sent to South America in an attempt to make their fortune because the economy there was booming.
They started by buying game birds and storing them in the cold stores of American companies before shipping them to Liverpool.