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Imperial Sugar Company is an American company that manufactures and distributes sugar products. Founded in 1843, the company has its headquarters located in Sugar Land, Texas.
Currently, Imperial Sugar owns four plants that are located throughout the Southern United States: Louisiana, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi. The main product of the company is refined beet sugar which makes up about half of their total revenue; they also own many brands such as Redpath, Dixie Crystals and Tate + Lyle.
John H. Sheppard founded the company back in 1843 when he was just a boy and it eventually became one of the largest sugar refineries in America. Today it sits at number 17 on Forbes list for America's 500 largest companies and is the only sugar refinery in the country to have an AAA credit rating.
In 2003, after being owned by many different companies for most of its history, Imperial Sugar was bought by Heidrick and Struggles and became a private company and they currently hold 51% of the company's shares.
Although it is mainly known as a manufacturer of sugar products, Imperial also has an agricultural branch that produces grains such as wheat and cotton; this section of the company had more revenues than their sugar production did which came as a surprise to most people.