Our Heritage

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. The Imperial Sugar Company is the one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the State of Texas and was founded by one of the original 100 families brought to the state by Stephen F. Austin.

1959
Icings, Frostings and Cake Decorating Made Easy
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1959
My First Cookbook
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1964
Teena in the Kitchen
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1968
125th Anniversary
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1970
Sugarplums from Sugar Land
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1970
Sharing Our Best Imperial Sugar Employees
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1970
Dixie Crystals Sugar Plum Spirit of Giving
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1972
Dixie Cookbook Walt Disney
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1977
Revolutionary Recipes
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1977
Texas Recipes from Texas Places Vol. I
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1978
Texas Recipes from Texas Places Vol. II
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1980
Homemade Goodness Club
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It began in 1843…

In 1843, along the banks of Oyster Creek in what would later become Sugar Land, the Williams brothers built a mule-powered sugar mill, began grinding sugar cane, and a Texas legacy was born. The Imperial Sugar Company is the one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the State of Texas and was founded by one of the original 100 families brought to the state by Stephen F. Austin.

By 1883, a 600-ton raw sugar mill was completed and named the "Imperial Mill." In 1896, construction began on a cane sugar refinery in Sugar Land to convert the mill's raw sugar output to 100,000 pounds per day of white refined sugar.

Shortly after the turn of the century, the primary sugar cane fields of Sugar Land were purchased by the Kempner family, an affluent and well-respected family who had established themselves in the area. After the purchase, the Kempner family transferred the title of those properties to a private company they had formed, the Imperial Sugar Company. Soon thereafter, the Imperial Sugar Company was incorporated.

Both then and now, millions of households across Texas and the Southeast embrace the Imperial Sugar brand and the qualities it stands for: consistent baking performance, the highest quality, and a legacy of being the only brand of sugar that makes Grandma's recipes right. 

For 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens all across Texas. Sweet things happen when people come together in the kitchen, and that’s why Imperial Sugar has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations for generations. We’re the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to another. Home cooks know that when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar, that’s when memories are made. 

For more information on Imperial Sugar or the history of Sugar Land, please visit The Old Sugar Land Clubhouse blog, "A blog for old timers, plus their friends and family, who are linked by memories of Sugar Land and its schools, or have an avid interest in the history of Sugar Land."