In the 1890s, founding brothers William and Edmund Vestey established the Union Cold Storage Company in Liverpool. Among the first to exploit the potential of refrigeration, they developed cold stores across the UK and throughout Russia, the Baltics, and Western Europe, enabling them to supply large quantities of quality affordable food to the growing UK population during the Industrial Revolution.
Union Cold Storage Directors, William Vestey and Edmund Vestey (standing, left and right), James M. Synge (Chairman, 1897-1912) and Roger P. Sing (Chairman, 1912-38) (seated, left and right) pictured in 1912 with Business Executive Evelyne Brodstone.
In the early 20th century, the business expanded into China, establishing a vast egg processing enterprise from six dedicated facilities on the eastern seaboard. With their fleet of Blue Star Line refrigerated vessels, they were able to supply the bakery trades in the UK, USA, Europe, and South Africa for over fifty years.
The Blue Star funnel was introduced in 1928.