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of Royal Starch Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire.
Brown and Polson commenced producing starch and cornflour in Paisley in the 1860s.
1854 John Polson invented the process of making very pure starch from maize.
John Polson and William Brown founded a business to make starch for shawl makers, though it was the edible starch that made their company successful.
1936 Corn Products Co acquired Brown and Polson.
2000 Bestfoods was taken over by Unilever , becoming CPC Foods Ltd.
2002 The company ceased production in Paisley.
2003 Brand name was sold to Premier Ambient Products.