& Lyle . . . creators of the iconic Golden Syrup
& Lyle is a British food and beverage company that has
a long history dating back to the early Nineteenth century.
The company is well-known for its sugar and sweetener products,
including its famous Golden Syrup.
The history of Tate & Lyle syrup begins with the founding
of Henry Tate & Sons in Liverpool in 1859. Henry Tate
was a successful sugar refiner who had made his fortune in
the sugar trade. He established his business in Liverpool
because it was a major port city that was well-connected to
the sugar-producing regions of the world.
Tate's business was built around the refining of sugar, which
involved removing impurities from raw sugar cane and turning
it into the white, granulated sugar that is familiar to most
people today. Tate's sugar was known for its high quality
and purity, and it quickly gained a reputation as one of the
best sugars available.
In 1872, Tate decided to expand his business by building
a new sugar refinery on the Thames in London. The refinery,
which became known as the Thames Refinery, was state-of-the-art
for its time and featured the latest in sugar-refining technology.
One of the by products of the sugar-refining process was
molasses, a thick, dark syrup that is rich in minerals and
nutrients. Tate was determined to find a use for the molasses,
which were usually discarded as waste. After much experimentation,
he came up with a way to turn the molasses into a sweet, golden
syrup that was perfect for baking and cooking.
Tate's Golden Syrup was an instant success and quickly became
a staple in British households. The syrup was used in a wide
range of recipes, from cakes and biscuits to marinades and
sauces. The distinctive packaging of the syrup, which featured
a golden tin with a picture of a lion on the label, became
an iconic symbol of Britishness.
The Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup logo, which features a
lion surrounded by buzzing bees, has become an iconic symbol
of the brand. Samson kills a young lion with his bare hands
after it roared and made its way toward him. A few days
later, he returns and notices a swarm of bees had built
a hive inside the carcass. The lion on the packaging is
intended to represent strength and the bees represent the
sweetness of honey, which is a product of their industriousness.
The story goes that Abram Lyle, the founder of the company,
was a deeply religious man who was looking for a way to
represent the quality and purity of his product. He came
across the story of Samson and the lion in the Bible and
was struck by the imagery of the strong lion and the busy
Lyle decided to use the Lion and the Bees story for his
packaging, with the lion representing strength and the bees
representing the industriousness and sweetness of honey.
The image of the lion was originally hand-drawn by a young
artist named Norman Shaw in the 1880s, and it has been used
on the packaging of Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup ever since.
Over the years, the design of the logo has been updated
and modified, but the basic elements of the lion and the
bees have remained the same.
In the years that followed, Tate's business continued to
grow and thrive. He expanded his sugar-refining operations,
and by the turn of the century, his company was one of the
largest sugar refiners in the world.
In 1921, Henry Tate & Sons merged with Abram Lyle &
Sons, another sugar refining company, to form Tate & Lyle.
The merger brought together two of the biggest names in the
British sugar industry and created a company that would go
on to become a major player in the global sugar market.
The merger of Tate & Lyle was a smart move, as it allowed
the company to diversify its product offerings and expand
its reach beyond just sugar. In the years that followed, Tate
& Lyle developed a range of new products, including syrups,
sweeteners, and starches.
One of the key products that Tate & Lyle developed in
the years following the merger was Treacle, a dark, viscous
syrup that is similar to molasses. Treacle was originally
marketed as a more affordable alternative to Golden Syrup,
and it quickly gained a following among budget-conscious consumers.
In the 1930s, Tate & Lyle expanded its product line even
further by introducing a range of corn syrups. Corn syrup
is a sweet, viscous syrup that is made by breaking down corn
starch into glucose. It is widely used in the food industry
as a sweetener and is particularly popular in the United States.
Tate & Lyle's corn syrups were an instant success and
quickly became a staple in the food industry. The company
continued to develop new products in the years that followed,
including high-fructose corn syrup, which is a sweeter and
more concentrated form of corn syrup.
In the 1950s, Tate & Lyle expanded its operations beyond
the United Kingdom and began exporting its products to other
countries around the world.
In July 2010 Tate & Lyle sold its sugar refining business,
including rights to use the Tate & Lyle brand name and
Lyle's Golden Syrup, to American Sugar Refining.
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