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Golden syrup, a British icon – Ragus’ link to its creation
Leading authoritative monthly magazine Octane, which covers the good things in life, have written about the iconic status and origins of Golden Syrup and its packaging.
At Ragus we are rightly proud of our connection with this British icon and much loved food invention. Key to its creation and formulation in 1883 was my Great Grandfather Charles Eastick who worked with his brother John Joseph as the first chemists for Abram Lyle at the Plaistow Wharf sugar refinery.
Charles and John Joseph Eastick.
‘Later in his career in 1928 Charles founded and developed the Ragus company now with a pedigree of 87 years of UK sugar manufacturing knowledge and expertise.’
Today Ragus produce many Golden Syrups as part of our Pure Sugars product range. All specialist ingredients used by food, drink and pharmaceutical professionals. Included is our premium Eastick’s Golden Syrup which connects our illustrious founder’s name and identity to a traditional product for modern food production.
A board member and co-leader of the business, Ben is responsible for our marketing strategy and its execution by the agency team he leads and is the guardian of our corporate brand vision. He also manages key customers and distributors.
In 2005, he took on the role of globally sourcing our ‘speciality sugars’. With his background in laboratory product testing and following three decades of supplier visits, his expertise means we get high quality, consistent and reliable raw materials from ethical sources.