Imperial Sugar

The city of Sugar Land now occupies the site that was once the Oakland Plantation. It was here that in 1843 Samuel May Williams installed a commercial sugar-grinding mill on his land, leading to a rapid shift from cotton to sugar cane as the area’s dominant crop. In 1905 the area’s sugar plantations were acquired by the Kempner family, who dubbed their company the Imperial Sugar Company. Though sugar has not been refined at the original plant since 2003, the company’s headquarters remains in Sugar Land, making it the oldest extant business in Texas.

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Sugar...Pure Cane Sugar
Industrial film about the Imperial Sugar Company, including a jazzy music video about the prevalence of s...
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Collection - Snowfall and Sugar Cane Harvest (1949)
Home movie of a rare snowfall in Sugar Land and an Imperial Sugar plantation in Louisiana
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Collection - Imperial Sugar 125th Anniversary (1968)
A crowd gathers to hear Imperial Sugar president William H. Louviere speak at the company’s 125th anniver...
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Collection - Imperial Sugar Packing Department
Short industrial film showing the process of packing sugar at the Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Collection - Imperial Holly Corp. Ion Exclusion Facility News Co...
Compilation of news segments reporting on Holly Sugar’s factory expansion in Hereford
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Collection - Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony for Texas’s F...
Home movie capturing the 1952 dedication ceremony for a historical marker honoring the first sugar refine...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 6 (1961)
Advertisement for the Imperial Sugar Company targets the lady of the house
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 9 - Recipes (1961-2)
Television advertisements for Imperial Sugar demonstrating how to bake apple pie and harvest pecan cake
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 5 - My First Cookbook (1963)
Advertisement for Imperial Sugar introducing “My First Cookbook” for little girls looking to bake “as goo...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 8 - Silk Test (1958)
A woman demonstrates the fineness of Imperial powdered sugar by sifting it through a piece of silk
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 4 (1969)
Commercial for Imperial Sugar that shows it’s using Imperial’s Pure Cane Sugar in every recipe
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 7 - Impy (1954-5)
Television advertisements for Imperial Sugar featuring the company’s cartoon mascot, Impy
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 3 (1965)
Advertisement for Imperial Sugar focuses on Imperial’s Pure Cane Sugar as a natural source of energy
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 2 (1964)
Advertisement for Imperial Sugar uses a jingle mentioning numerous Texas cities where people are using Im...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 19 - Grandmother of Texas Sugars (1981)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar on the occasion of its 150th anniversary
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 18 - Homemade Love (1981)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar celebrating the tasty nostalgia of homemade baked goods
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 17 - Bakery (1981)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar stresses the product’s “dependable results”
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 16 - Texas Favorite (1980-1)
Television advertisements for Imperial Sugar featuring blue-ribbon award winners
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 15 - Canning Day (1978)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar celebrating the “Texas tradition” of canning fruit preserves ...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 14 - Texas Summers (1978)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar encouraging viewers to cool off during the summer heat with a...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 12 - Mother’s Favorite (1973)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar highlighting how trust in its product passes down from genera...
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 11 - Teena in the Kitchen (1964)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar targeting teenaged cooks with a free cookbook
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 10 - Sam Houston White Cake (1963)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar demonstrating how to bake Sam Houston’s favorite cake
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 13 - Bicentennial (1976)
Television advertisement for Imperial Sugar touting the company’s long history and “revolutionary” recipes
Imperial Sugar Commercial, no. 1 (1963)
Advertisement for Imperial Sugar includes a catchy jingle to remind consumers that Imperial Sugar is made...
From Sugar Cane to Sugar Bowl
Industrial film about the Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land, tracing production from crop harvesting t...
From Cane Brake to Sugar Bowl (1958)
Industrial film about Imperial Sugar Company operations and economic impact
A Brief History of Sugar Land and the Imperial Sugar Company (1996)
Historian and former KPRC newsman Ray Miller reviews the history of Sugar Land and its flagship business