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Tate and Lyle

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Tate and Lyle is a UK based multinational agriprocessor.

1819 Henry Tate was born in Chorley, Lancs.

1850s Abram Lyle went into partnership with John Kerr.

1855 By this time, after being apprenticed to a grocer, Tate had a chain of his own grocery shops.

1859 Company founded when Henry Tate became a partner of John Wright the owner of a sugar refinery.

1862 Tate sold his shops and opened his own sugar refinery.

1865 Lyle and Kerr acquired the Glebe sugar refinery.

1869 The partnership between Tate and John Wright ended and Tate then took his two sons, Alfred and Edwin, into business with him, the company then becoming Henry Tate and Sons.

1872 A new refinery was built. John Kerr died and the Glebe refinery was sold.

1881 Lyle built two new refineries in London, upstream from Tate's, and they were soon producing sugar and Lyle's Golden Syrup.

1882 The new refinery was processing over 1,100 tons of sugar a year. The new London refinery produced 214 tons in its first year.

1885 Golden Syrup was introduced to the UK market.

1903 The company went public as Henry Tate and Sons Ltd.

1918 Ernest Tate suggested an amalgamation of Tate's and Lyle's refineries to Charles and Robert Lyle

1921 The company was formed from a merger of two rival sugar refiners, Henry Tate and Sons and Abram Lyle and Sons and the name was changed.

1929 Acquired Fairrie and Co

1938 Acquired Macfie and Sons

1949 The firm introduced its "Mr Cube" brand, as part of a marketing campaign to help it fight a proposed nationalization by the Labour government.

1961 Refineries at Liverpool, Plaistow and Silvertown. Employs 10,000 persons. [1]

1965 Tate and Lyle took over United Molasses Co

1976 Acquired Manbre and Garton

2008 The company that was first formed in 1921 is still successful today as Tate and Lyle.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5