Our Heritage

Since 1917 Dixie Crystals has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations across

the South. From its humble beginnings in Savannah, Georgia, Dixie Crystals has built

a 100-year legacy focused on generational loyalty and quality products.

1915
The Household Economist
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1920
A Barrel Full of Imperial Recipes
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1930
A Bag Full of Recipes
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1940
Aunt Cora's Book of Unusual Cakes and Cookies
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1948
Home Freezing of Fruits and Vegetables
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1949
So You're Canning...
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1951
Sue's Candy Kettle and Some of Her Success Secrets
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1954
Teena in the Kitchen
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1957
Grandma's Pantry Shelf and Some of Her Preserving Secrets
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1959
Homemade Summer Coolers - Quick and Easy
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1959
Icings, Frostings and Cake Decorating Made Easy
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1959
My First Cookbook
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Tough Competition

Imperial Sugar has always been a tradition passed down from mother to daughter. This commercial from 1981 introduces us to three generations of award winning cooks - Vondell McLendon, her mother and her daughter.

The Grandmother of Texas Sugars

This commercial from 1993 is sweet in more ways than one. Watch as Lucille Brinson gives us her heartfelt opinion on why she uses Imperial Sugar. Be sure to hold on till the very end. We promise it will be worth the wait.

The Household Economist

Originally broadcast in 1975, this classic Imperial Sugar commercial showcases our Household Economist Cookbook which was based on saving money. The first edition was published in 1915 and was reissued 60 years later. Want to save like grandma did?

 

Download a copy of the Household Economist in our Vintage Cookbooks.

Teena in the Kitchen

This vintage commercial from 1964 showcases the “Teena in the Kitchen” cookbook from Imperial Sugar. There were actually two Teena in the Kitchen cookbooks. The first one was published in 1954 with just a sketching of a young lady on the front. The second was published in 1964 with an actual picture of Nancy Collins, daughter of former U.S. Congressman Jim Collins.

 

You can download a copy of Teena in the Kitchen in our Vintage Cookbooks section.

In 1916, Benjamin A. Oxnard and Richard H. Sprague founded the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation on a tract of 30.6 acres of land fronting the Savannah River. Oxnard and Sprague moved their entire sugar refining operation, including more than 400 employees and their families, from St. Mary’s Parish in Louisiana to Port Wentworth, Georgia. Construction began and the first refined sugar, sold under the brand name of Dixie Crystals, was produced on July 17, 1917.  At the refinery's start-up, 19 million pounds of raw sugar were in store, selling at five cents a pound. 

The Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation became Savannah's first new large industry and the first in the upper harbor. For many years, the importation of raw sugar into the Port of Savannah represented the largest single commodity through Savannah.

After a series of growth and expansion over the years, in 1997 Savannah Foods & Industries, Inc., was acquired by Imperial Sugar Company (ISC). Then in 2012, ISC was acquired by Louis Dreyfus Company, a global agricultural merchant and processor.

From the beginning, Dixie Crystals has been at the heart of family traditions and celebrations. It is the secret ingredient in family-favorite recipes handed down from one generation to the next. Home cooks know that when you bake with love and Dixie Crystals, that’s when memories are made.