Redpath Sugar

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Redpath Sugar Limited
FoundedMontreal, Quebec, Canada.
(1854 (1854))
FounderJohn Redpath
Area served
ParentAmerican Sugar Refining

Redpath Sugar Limited is a Canadian sugar refining company founded in 1854. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario - with an additional packaging plant in Belleville, Ontario - Redpath Sugar is a subsidiary of the multinational American Sugar Refining.[1]


Redpath Sugar was established as the Canada Sugar Refining Company in 1854 in Montreal, Quebec by Scots-Quebecer entrepreneur, John Redpath (1796-1869). Located on the bank of the Lachine Canal, the giant complex was the first of its kind in Canada, using sugar cane imported from the British West Indies. Its construction was part of the economic boom that, during the 19th century, turned Montreal from a small town to (then) the largest city in Canada and the country’s economic engine.

In 1857, John's son Peter Redpath (1821-1894) became a partner; his brother-in-law, George Alexander Drummond (1829-1910) joined the firm in 1861. Unable to compete with the giant low-cost producers in the United States, for the three years between 1876 and 1878 the company ceased operations. Following the tariff protections implemented under the National Policy by the government of Sir John A. Macdonald, the company reopened in 1879, as did St. Lawrence Sugar, a new competitor established in Montreal. George Drummond took over when Peter Redpath retired in 1888. Under his guidance, the company's success allowed for construction of a new six-storey plant built on the existing site, doubling production capacity.

In 1930, the company merged with Canada Sugar Refining Company Limited of Chatham, Ontario. In 1959, Redpath Industries Ltd. was acquired by the British company Tate & Lyle plc. The Redpath Sugar Refinery was built on the Toronto waterfront in the late 1950s, at the time of the completion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and is still in operation. Tate family member Saxon Tate and David Davis, later a senior Conservative politician, were sent from Britain to restructure its Canadian subsidiary.[2][3] In 1980, the Montreal plant was closed and production was shifted to Toronto. In 2007, the company became a subsidiary of American Sugar Refining (ASR Group) following the sale of Tate & Lyle's sugar division.


The Redpath Sugar Museum in Toronto is housed in one of the buildings of the refinery and contains displays of: the story of the company, the Redpath family, the evolution of refining technologies, and other sugar industry related topics. It also publishes works on these subjects.[citation needed]


Redpath Sugar label

This sugar package, celebrating the company's 150th anniversary in 2004, shows that the logo is essentially John Redpath's signature and face. It remains the oldest continuously used logo for food products in Canada today.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Redpath Sugar. Retrieved 2 December 2016. Redpath Sugar Ltd, who markets and sells sugar products in Canada under the Redpath Brand, is a part of ASR Group, the world's largest refiner of cane sugar.
  2. ^ "Sir Saxon Tate, Bt". Daily Telegraph. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ Trefgarne, George (August 24, 2005). "What worked on the sugar beat..." London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-07-07.

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, David (1988). How to turn round a company. Cambridge, England: Director Books, in association with the Institute of Directors. ISBN 978-1-870555-02-9.

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