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     A1 Steak Sauce is said to have been created sometime in the late 1820s by Henderson William Brand, the Chef to England's King George IV. The king was so pleased with the new sauce, he proclaimed it ‘A number 1’ - or ‘A1’ for short.

     After the king's death in 1830, Brand started his own business producing meat extracts along with A1 Sauce. The sauce became popular with the public, and won awards at international expositions in London and Paris between 1862 and 1900. G.F Heublein & Bros. (a major wine and spirit importer) began to import A1 Steak Sauce to America in 1906, eventually purchased the rights to the sauce and in 1918 began manufacturing A1 in Hartford, Connecticut.

     During Prohibition, which destroyed many other wine and spirits producers, sales of A1 Steak Sauce is said to have enabled Heublein to survive. After several acquisitions and mergers, A1 Steak Sauce is now produced by by Kraft Foods in the U.S. and by Renée's Gourmet Foods in Canada.

Some other uses for A1 Steak Sauce:
• Use it to repair scratches on wood furniture. (This works - I have done this myself once or twice).
• Use it to shine shoes (preferably brown shoes).
• Supposedly relieves the itching from insect bites.
• Use it to polish and remove tarnish from copper and brass (high acidity from the vinegar & tomato content).

Contact Information for A1 Steak Sauce
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