Napier Brown is Europe’s largest independent sugar supplier and distributes around 300,000 tons of sugar per year.
Napier Brown’s retail brand, Whitworths Sugar enjoys a market share of over 20% in the UK. The company has 150 employees and operates from two sites. Its logistics platform in Stallingborough, Lincolnshire, is dedicated to the import and distribution of industrial sugars. Its commercial and retail packing site in Normanton, Yorkshire, produces a broad range of sugars for retail distribution.
Napier Brown’s roots in the sugar trade date back to the early 20th century. In the 1920s and 30s the company was dealing in sugars, dried fruits, pulses and canned goods. The business was incorporated as a limited company in 1924.
The company helped the development of golden granulated cane sugar in the 1970s. This was made available to consumers as a more natural, healthy alternative to white refined sugar.
Organic cane sugars were introduced in the 1990s to meet a growing demand from food manufacturers. Organic granulated, caster and demerara cane sugars were supplied to both retailers and food manufacturers using product sourced from suppliers in South America.
In 2005 Napier Brown was acquired by the Real Good Food Company plc and then by French company, Tereos S. A. in 2016.