A British Classic

Our history starts in 1794, when we first started making vinegar. Today, we make six million litres of Sarson’s vinegar every year.

1794

Sarson’s Vinegar was founded by Thomas Sarson in Craven Street, London.

1850

Henry James Sarson takes over from his father.

1884

Sarson’s Virgin Vinegar is formally registered, inspired by the parable of the wise and foolish virgins!

1913

More than a million gallons a year were brewed, increasing to over five million gallons a year by 1950.

1940s

The 20th century was the golden age of vinegar. 65 licensed breweries existed in the UK. However, by 1940, only Sarson’s remained.

1950s

In the late 1950s, Sarson’s Virgin Vinegar rebranded to Sarson’s Vinegar.

1968

British Vinegars Ltd buys the current Middleton site from Co-Op. Nestle takes over British Vinegar Ltd.

1990

The tear drop bottle project started in 1989, This unique glass table bottle was introduced and the brand’s first TV adverts were aired. The 400ml malt glass table bottle was introduced in 1993.


2002

Premier Foods buys the Sarson’s brand.

2012

Mizkan buys the brand from Premier Foods. It’s now worth over £10 million and making six million litres of vinegar!

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The Sarson’s Story

The Sarson’s history started in 1874, when we first started making vinegar. Today, we make six million litres of Sarson’s vinegar every year.

Our history

The Sarson’s Range

From delicious pickling blends to classic malt, explore our famous range of malt and distilled vinegars and discover how they can improve your dishes.

Our range