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Sarson's is a brand of vinegar in the United Kingdom. It is sold in pear shaped bottles with a flip top and the brand is currently owned by Premier Foods.
1846 August. Advert. 'NOTICE! WEEK of OYSTERS. Dealers Sellers are most respectfully informed that the best Vinegar for Oysters can be obtained direct from the Works at 2s. per gillon. Malt Pickling Vinegar 3s. per gallon, delivered free, bottle ready sealed and filled for the convenience of persons sending to the works.— Sarsow's(sic) Vinegar Works, near Turnpike-gate, City-road, and No. 1, Brunswick-place, City-road, London. supplied.'
1847 Bankrupt. '...Bankruptcy, bearing date the 29th day of May 1847, is awarded and issued forth against James Thomas Sarson, of No. 1, Brunswick-place, City-road, in the county of Middlesex, Vinegar and Mustard Dealer, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared a bankrupt ...'
1850 Henry James Sarson, Thomas's son, took over the business when he was 25 years old, on the death of his father.
1884 Henry Sarson and Co renamed the vinegar Sarson's Virgin Vinegar, referencing a Biblical story of the wise virgins, by which he was inspired, as opposed to the purity of the product, but this name was soon dropped.
1893 The company was trading under the name of Henry Sarson and Sons from The Vinegar works, Catherine Street, City Road, Shoreditch, London.
1932 Sarson's merged with other vinegar manufacturers and formed British Vinegars Ltd
Later the company was taken over by Crosse and Blackwell
2008 The company sells over 7 million gallons of vinegar every year.