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Should MP apologise over Henderson’s attack?

Food Glorious Food exhibition, Weston Park Museum

Hendersons Relish, 1930s - 2010. 
Copyright Hendersons Relish

Food Glorious Food exhibition, Weston Park Museum Hendersons Relish, 1930s - 2010. Copyright Hendersons Relish

It’ll be spicy sauce – not blood – spilled on the battlefields after an MP insulted a Sheffield institution.

Henderson’s Relish makers were left with a bad taste in their mouths after Lewisham West and Penge MP Jim Dowd accused them of copying Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce.

In a House of Commons attack on brands which imitate others, the Labour MP cited Hendo’s as a prime example.

He said: “I was having lunch in the Hare and Billet pub in Blackheath in London and asked if they had any Worcestershire Sauce.

“The chap who was serving us went away and came back with a bottle, and it was shaped like Lea and Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce and their marvellous concoction – same shape, same size, the label was amazingly enough, orange with black lettering.

“But it was something from Sheffield, from somewhere called Henderson’s – whoever they were.

“I didn’t even know there was such a thing as Sheffield sauce until then, but I thought this is an ideal example of just how easy these things are to copy.”

Henderson’s has used the same distinctive orange and black label throughout its history.

Simon Freeman, who took over at the helm of the firm from father Kenneth Freeman, said: “Henry Henderson set out to make a bespoke spicy sauce that was different to Worcestershire.

“Maybe orange was cheaper on the print and press back then. We’ve never tried to be Lea and Perrins’. They are both brands with very proud histories.

“I’m saddened, I think they were comments made out of ignorance. I don’t know how a bottle ended up in a pub in London. I’m ordering an internal investigation to find out how it got out of Yorkshire.”

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