The company's original name was West and Wyatt, until Edmund Crosse and Thomas Blackwell bought it in 1830.
Edmund Crosse and Thomas Blackwell first met when they apprenticed at the same family firm in 1819. They shared an enthusiasm for their employer's taste in pickles, sauces and condiments, which they prepared for wealthy and fashionable households of the city.
In 1830 they joined forces and bought the business from their employer. They sought recipes from the greatest chefs of the days and the firm received the first in an unbroken succession of royal appointments in 1837.
Nestlé bought Crosse & Blackwell in 1950, extended the product range into more food categories, and made the brand a global one.
Premier Foods acquired Crosse & Blackwell in 2002.
In 2004, Crosse & Blackwell became part of The JM Smucker Company of America. They say Crosse & Blackwell products reflect a sampling of England’s great culinary influences: unique products with the finest ingredients, exotic recipes, and robust flavor.
-submitted by Paul Green