Lyle's Golden Syrup is officially Britain's oldest brand

LONDON - The famous green and gold tin of Tate & Lyle's Golden Syrup has officially been recognised as Britain's oldest brand.

Almost unchanged since 1885, it was entered into the Guinness World Records book yesterday.

Research shows that it is recognised by 86% of shoppers.

Scottish businessman Abram Lyle first realised that the syrup, a by-product of sugar, could be sold on its own as a treacly spread.

There are now many products available including coffee syrup and ice cream topping.

Lyle, who formed a sugar refinery in 1865, merged with the company founded by Henry Tate in 1859 to form Tate & Lyle in 1921. 

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