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Landmark Domino Sugar plant in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), New York

Domino Foods, Inc. is a company that is significant in the history of sugar. Its slogan is "We'll always be your sugar."

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Varieties

  • Demerara Washed Raw Cane Sugar
  • Pure D'Lite Sugar Blend (contains one-third of the calories of regular sugar)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Superfine Sugar
  • Cubes and Tablets
  • Sugar Packets
  • Sugar Sticks
  • Organic Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Brownulated Sugar (has a medium molasses flavor)
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Sugar N' Cinnamon Shakers (a blend of cinnamon and sugar in a 3 oz. container)

History

In 1799, William Frederick Havemeyer, who had been an apprentice of a London sugar refiner, began running Mr. Seaman's refinery in New York City. His brother joined him in 1802. On January 1, 1807, a new plant was opened as Wm. and F.C. Havemaker. Another plant superseded this one in 1859. It was known as Havemayer, Townsend & Co Refinery. By 1864, the refinery was the most modern of its time. After the Sugar Trust was ruled illicit in 1891, Henry Osborne Havemeyer and Theodore A. Havemeyer were elected as chairman and president, respectively, of the American Sugar Refining Company. This allowed the company to acquire five additional refineries. The company became known as Domino Sugar in 1900 and was officially recognized by the patent office on October 8, 1901.

The company continued to offer innovations. In 1916, it became the first to offer individually wrapped sugar tablets. It invented the transparent window carton in 1920.

In 1970, the American Sugar Company became the Amstar Corporation.[1] In 1975, Amstar sued Domino's Pizza for trademark infringement, which Amstar won at trial but lost on appeal.[2] In 2001, Domino Sugar officially became Domino Foods, Inc.[1].

Domino Sugar Corp. was subsequently sold to Florida Crystals Corporation and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida in a $180 million deal[3] that closed on November 6, 2001. Florida Crystals is a privately-held company that is part of FLO-SUN, a sugar empire of the Fanjul family whose origins trace to Spanish-Cuban sugar plantations of the early 19th century.

Domino Foods acquired the California and Hawaiian Sugar Company (C&H Sugar) in 2005.

American Sugar company is one of the original 12 companies in Dow Jones Industrial Index in May, 1896.

References

  1. ^ a b Official Domino Sugar website, with history, products, and other info
  2. ^ Amstar Corp. v. Domino's Pizza, Inc., 615 F.2d 252, 260 (5th Cir. 1980)
  3. ^ Biz Journals news article on sale

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