The brown sauce product, known as Daddies Sauce, was launched in 1904, and the ketchup was launched in 1930. The brand is now owned by the H. J. Heinz Company, having been bought as part of the acquisition of HP Foods from previous owner Groupe Danone in 2005. Production of Daddies has now been moved to Poland.
In 1899, Edwin Samson Moore, the owner of the Midland Vinegar Company in Aston Cross, Birmingham, made a visit to one of his customers who owed him a debt for vinegar. That man was Hammer Schofield, a Rossendale grocer who had a small sauce factory at the rear of his premises. The recently published book HP Sauce My Ancestors' Legacy tells the story of how Moore on visiting Schofield saw a sauce brewing in the back copper. Schofield explained it was his new sauce called Daddies Sauce. Moore cancelled the debt and paid Schofield £150 (around £20,000 in today's money) for the recipe of Daddies Sauce.
While both brands remain solid competitors in the UK marketplace, with strong regional popularity in the Midlands, Wales and the West Country, Daddies Ketchup trails the dominant market leader, the better-known Heinz Tomato Ketchup.
- Commission, Great Britain: Competition (2006). HJ Heinz and HP Foods: A Report on the Completed Acquisition of the HP Foods Companies by HJ Heinz Company and HJ Heinz Company Ltd. Competition Commission Reports. Stationery Office. p. 74. ISBN 978-0-11-703684-0. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
- Pringle, H.; Thompson, M. (2001). Brand spirit: how cause related marketing builds brands. Wiley. pp. 103–105. ISBN 978-0-471-49944-2.
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