Crosse & Blackwell

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Crosse & Blackwell
Piccalilli label as used by Crosse & Blackwell around 1867[1]
Product type Food
Owner Princes Group (United Kingdom)
The J.M. Smucker Company (North America)
Tiger Brands (South Africa)
Introduced 1706
Previous owners Nestlé
Website (UK) (NA) (SA)

Crosse & Blackwell is a British food production company which has been in existence since 1706.

Originally trading under the Jackson brand and then West and Wyatt, the company was purchased in 1830 by Edmund Crosse and Thomas Blackwell. Over the years, the brand has been applied to various varieties of canned, dried and bottled grocery products, including condiments and Christmas pudding.

In 1960, Nestlé bought the Crosse & Blackwell Group[2] and developed the name across a number of food categories worldwide. The acquisition increased Nestlé's output (adding 11 factories) and included the largest fish-canning factory in the UK (located in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire). Crosse & Blackwell employed 4,700 workers in production and 1,900 other employees and salesman at the time of the acquisition. The brand was later owned by Premier Foods.

However, the company divested the Crosse & Blackwell operations in 2002. Today ownership of the Crosse & Blackwell brand is divided between The J.M. Smucker Company in North America, Princes Group in Europe and Tiger Brands in South Africa.

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  1. ^ Maxwell Alexander Robertson, English reports annotated, 1866-1900, Volume 1, Publisher: The Reports and Digest Syndicate, 1867. (page 567)
  2. ^ Nestlé (1991)- 125 Years 1866-1991, Published by Nestlé SA, Vevey

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