The Death of Some Iconic British Brands

By Miguel Lauresta | 2 years ago
The Death of Some Iconic British Brands

It may be a surprise to a lot of people, but some of the iconic British brands are now owned and operated by other foreign businesses. Here are some of them.

Sarson’s Malt Vinegar


Fish and chips are an iconic British food. It also tastes good if you put some malt vinegar on it, especially Sarson’s. But sadly, that iconic British condiment is not British anymore. Over the years, the brand has been a staple in every cupboard across the UK and is the number one vinegar of choice by the British people. In 2005, the brand was sold to the Japanese Mizkan Group. The iconic condiment was created by Thomas Sarson in Shoreditch London and has been brewed since 1700s. But now Japan is now all of that.

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce

Admit it, Lea & Perrins has been our guilty condiment. We put it on almost anything that we eat. But here’s something that you might not know. Heinz, a US company, has owned the brand since 2005. It’s a bit funny to think since not a lot of people can pronounce it properly.

The good thing is the sauce is still produced and manufactured in Worcestershire and not in the company’s factory in Pennsylvania.  Two chemists, John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins, created the condiment with a unique, distinctive taste. The recipe for the Worcestershire sauce is top secret since the turn of 1900s and is slightly different from its American version, although both recipes still have anchovies.

A lot of brands that use the condiment have credited them for making twists on the traditional British food.

Beefeater London Dry Gin

The very foundation of the British Empire is built on gin. Seriously. It runs on their very veins. Gin has been regarded as a cure for different ailments in the UK, ranging from the common cold to a way to end the work week. Beefeater London Dry Gin has been making it since 1862 in the country’s capital. The aesthetic definitely looks like British, thanks to its iconic British guard. And it definitely tastes like a British gin.

But that’s all the British aspect it has. A French company, Pernod Ricard, had bought the band in the  ‘80s. The bright side is, the gin is still produced and manufactured in Kennignton, and it even opened a distillery museum so it could accommodate its visitors.

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