Lea & Perrins

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Lea & Perrins
Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce 150ml.jpg
Bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Product type Condiment
Owner Kraft Heinz
Produced by Lea & Perrins
Country Worcester, England
Introduced 1837
Related brands Worcestershire sauce
Previous owners
Registered as a trademark in
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Website Lea & Perrins
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 405 kJ (97 kcal)
21 g
0.9 g
0.8 g
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Lea & Perrins is a United Kingdom based subsidiary of Kraft Heinz, originating in Worcester, England, where it continues to operate.

It is best known as the maker of Lea & Perrins brand of Worcestershire sauce,[3] which was first sold in 1837 by John Wheeley Lea and William Henry Perrins,[4] dispensing chemists from Broad Street, Worcester. It is made from an authentic Indian recipe they received from Arthur Hill, 2nd Baron Sandys who had served in Bengal. It is currently produced in the Midland Road factory in Worcester that Lea and Perrins built. A subsidiary in New Jersey, US, manufactures a US version of the recipe.[citation needed] The sauce was first imported to the United States by the Duncan family of New York in 1839 which continued involvement for over a hundred years.[5]

Worcestershire sauce[edit]

1900 advertisement for Lea & Perrins' Sauce.
American trade card for the sauce, about 1870 - 1900, showing the orange label as discussed.

Worcestershire Sauce is currently produced at the Midland Road factory in Worcester that Lea and Perrins built. Midland Road was named after the Midland Railway, the factory originally having rail sidings to provide raw materials and distribution.

Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce UK and US recipes differ slightly in that the UK recipe uses malt vinegar while the US version uses distilled white vinegar. Also, the US version used high fructose corn syrup until 2011 when they reverted to sugar due to health concerns. The UK version has always used sugar. The UK version is sold in Australia and Canada.[6] Lea & Perrins uses a distinctive paper wrapper for the version sold in the United States. In the UK, the bottle is well known to consumers for both its shape and the orange and black label.

The precise recipe has been a secret, but an original 19th-century list of ingredients was found in a skip at the factory in 2009 and includes vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions and garlic as well as some other key ingredients which may include cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles and peppers.[7][8]

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Coordinates: 52°11′25″N 2°12′33″W / 52.1902°N 2.2092°W / 52.1902; -2.2092