HP Sauce is a British condiment that is made from the pods of the tamarind tree. Previously it was produced by the company HP Foods, a subsidiary of the Danone Group in Aston, Birmingham, England. In 2006, the HJ Heinz Company bought the company HP food. Since March 2007, the brown sauce in Elst is produced in the Netherlands. With a market share of 71 % HP Sauce is the most famous Brown Sauce in the UK. It is preferably used with meat dishes or as an ingredient in soups or stews. In Scotland, it is taken to fish and chips.
The original recipe was developed by Frederick Gibson Garton, a grocer from Nottingham. He patented the recipe under the name H. P. Sauce in 1869. The reason for naming the rumor was that a restaurant in the Houses of Parliament began to serve this sauce. For many years carried the labels, the image of the Palace of Westminster. Garton sold the recipe in 1903 and the HP brand eventually for £ 150
Another story tells that the name HP Sauce is created from the initials of " Harry Palmer ". This was said to have the recipe in " Harry Palmer 's Famous Epsom Sauce" sold. Legend has it that the avid gambler had to sell the recipe for the brown sauce in order to repay his gambling debts. However, there is no evidence for the existence of a " Harry Palmer " in the company's history.
In the 1960s and 1970s, HP sauce ( " gravy " english "gravy " =) was under the name of Wilson's Gravy famous, so named after the British Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The name stemmed from an utterance of his wife, Mary, in an interview with the Sunday Times in which she mentioned that her husband would drown his food in HP Sauce, before he ate it. At a banquet in 1975, however, Wilson admitted that the quoted sauce not - as claimed - the HP Sauce, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire but sauce was.
According to the manufacturer HP Sauce contains the following ingredients: malt vinegar from barley, tomatoes, molasses, vinegar, glucose - fructose syrup, dates, sugar, salt, modified corn starch, rye flour, tamarind extract, spices and onion extract.
In addition to The Original HP Sauce, there are other varieties such as HP Chilli, BBQ and Fruity.
The acquisition by Heinz
In June 2005, the Group took over the company Heinz HP Foods from competitors Danone for 470 million pounds. Through the acquisition were lost 125 jobs; the last bottle left the company on 16 March 2007 at 06:00 GMT clock.
The products changed after the company takeover by Heinz only slightly their appearance; also the brand lived on. In contrast to the old bottles now contain the new addition to the English Summary descriptions also in German, French and Dutch.
The factory buildings in Aston were removed in July 2007 during a good 16 week long demolition phase. The tower of the factory, who wore the HP logo for over 100 years, was a characteristic landmarks along the Aston Expressway.