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Duchy Originals
Type Ltd[1]
Founded 1990[1]
Founder(s) Charles, Prince of Wales[1]
Industry Food

The Duchy Originals company was set up by Charles, Prince of Wales in 1990 and named after the Duchy of Cornwall estates that are held in trust by the Prince of Wales. [2]


Duchy Originals brand

Duchy Originals is also the name given to a brand of premium organic food and drink products. The company Duchy Originals owns the Duchy Originals brand, but does not sell food or drink that carries the Duchy Originals brand name. Instead products with the Duchy Originals name are sold and manufactured by a number of different retail companies, all of whom pay royalties to the Duchy Originals Company. The total annual value of these retail sales is over £53 million.

In December 2008, it was announced that the Duchy Originals brand was partnering with Nelsons to produce a line of herbal remedies.[3]

There are two other brands, Duchy Selections and Duchy Collections. Duchy Selections is a range of premium free-range (but not organic) pork and fish products and mineral waters, and Duchy Collections is a range of high quality non food products.

Duchy Originals company

The “turnover” of the Duchy Originals Ltd company, which is the royalty income notified to the company, and which is also the gross profit, came to £4.86 million in 2006/7. Administrative expenses came to £3.31 million giving an operating profit of £1.53 million.[4]

The company Duchy Originals Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary company of The Prince's Charities Foundation, and from the profit of £1.53 million a charitable donation of £743,000 was given to the Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Duchy Originals Foods

The Duchy Originals Food company is a wholly owned subsidiary company of Duchy Originals.

The Duchy Originals company did not manufacture Duchy Originals products until in 2006 the Duchy Originals Food company opened a factory in Launceston in Cornwall. The factory makes both sweet and savoury pastry products.

The factory made a loss of £447,158 in the financial year 2006/7.[5]


The company has been the subject of controversy, in which leading UK scientists say Duchy Originals promotes its herbal remedies products with scientifically unsound claims. Edzard Ernst, the UK's first professor of complementary medicine, said Duchy Originals detox products are "outright quackery".[6]




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