Beautifully engraved certificate from the Spreckels Sugar Corporation
in 1929. This historic document has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's caneheart logo. This item is hand signed by the Company’s Vice President and Secretary and is
over 83 years old. The certificate is issued to Rudolf Spreckels.
Spreckels Sugar® Company, a division of Holly Sugar Company, is the producer of Spreckels Sugar products. The Spreckels Sugar labels are primarily marketed in the western half of the United States. It is manufactured in four beet sugar factories located in Brawley, Woodland, Mendota, and Tracy, California. With quality and customer service a number one priority. Spreckels has been supplying sugar products to consumers and customers for over 100 years.
The Imperial Sugar Company was founded in 1905. It was a privately owned cane sugar refinery with one facility located in Sugar Land, Texas until 1988 when Imperial Sugar acquired publicly held Holly Sugar Corporation, a beet processor headquartered in Colorado Springs. With that acquisition, Imperial Sugar more than doubled in size and became a marketer of both cane and beet sugar. In recognition of that transition, the Company's name was changed to Imperial Holly Corporation.
In 1843, Samuel May Williams' sugar crop on Oakland Plantation (the present-day site of Imperial Sugar Company) and the crops of other nearby farms were large enough to justify building a commercial raw sugar mill. Cane stalks were cut and loaded into horse-drawn wagons and carted to the mill.
In 1996, Imperial Holly acquired Spreckels Sugar Company of California, a West Coast beet sugar company. In 1997 Savannah Foods & Industries, Inc., headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, the second largest sugar refiner in the industry, was acquired and as was the case with the Holly acquisition, the Company again more than doubled in size, becoming the largest processor and refiner of sugar in the United States.
In the mid-1800's, farmers produced sugar by using horse-powered mills to grind area-grown sugar cane; they cooked the cane juice in open-air boiling pans. Sugar continues to be produced at this same site; however, today the site is known as the thriving city of Sugar Land, Texas.
Savannah Foods & Industries, Inc. had acquired Michigan Sugar, a beet sugar producer in Saginaw, Michigan in 1984, Great Lakes Sugar, in 1985 and Colonial Sugar Refinery located in Gramercy, Louisiana in 1986. The acquisition of Savannah Foods made Imperial Holly the first truly national sugar refiner and marketer in the country. With production and distribution facilities throughout the United States, Imperial Holly owns five of the country's leading consumer sugar brands: Imperial®, Dixie Crystals®, Pioneer®, Holly® and Spreckels®. Additionally, Imperial Holly supplies sugar and sweetener products to industrial food manufacturers coast to coast.