Lea & Perrins

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Lea & Perrins
Lea & Perrins worcestershire sauce 150ml.jpg
Bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Product typeCondiment
OwnerKraft Heinz
Produced byLea & Perrins
CountryWorcester, England
Related brandsWorcestershire sauce
Previous owners
Registered as a trademark in
  • The Original and Genuine
  • Just a dash makes all the difference
  • Unwrap the flavor (US)
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy405 kJ (97 kcal)
21 g
0.9 g
0.8 g

per 100 mL; serving size is 5 mL
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.

Lea & Perrins (L&P) 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, dispensing chemists from Broad Street, Worcester. It was inspired by Marcus Sandys, 3rd Baron Sandys who had served in Bengal and tasted a fish sauce there which he asked them to recreate but ended up putrid until it lay fermenting for three years. It is currently produced in the Midland Road factory in Worcester that Lea and Perrins built. A subsidiary in Pittsburgh manufactures a US version of the recipe.[4] 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, with its orange label

Worcestershire Sauce is currently produced at the Midland Road factory in Worcester, built by Lea and Perrins. 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 known to consumers for 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 and other ingredients which may include cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles, and peppers.

Other products[edit]

While Kraft only markets a single variety of Worcestershire sauce under different sizes in the UK and in Canada,[6] a few more products are marketed under the L&P brand in the United States. These include a reduced-sodium version of the sauce, a steak sauce, and marinades in peppercorn and vinaigrette flavours.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Intellectual Property Office - Case details for trade mark UK00002270072". www.ipo.gov.uk. 15 May 2001. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Intellectual Property Office - Case details for trade mark EU002552107". www.ipo.gov.uk. 28 January 2002. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ Lea & Perrins — The Original Worcestershire Sauce — 10 oz, Amazon.com.
  4. ^ Lea & Perrins, Inc., P.O. Box 57, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. ^ http://people.com/archive/when-ransom-duncan-hits-the-sauce-you-can-bet-its-his-familys-famous-worcestershire-vol-18-no-14/
  6. ^ a b "Products - Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce". Kraft Canada. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Products". leaperrins.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.

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