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Love Lane Lives - the boys & girls from the whitestuff

Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Five years ago today Professor Robert Lustig a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, gave an hour and a half lecture on the white stuff, and subsequently witnessed its posting on YouTube and watching incredulously as it went viral. What is the bitter truth about sugar and public health? 


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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, May 26th 2014

Florida Sugar 10 years ago today!

There is a sugar trail from Love Lane Liverpool to the Sunshine State of Florida which I first became aware of in 2001 the year I wondered why Tate & Lyle were selling off their Domino Sugar brand to two Cuban Americans, Alfy and Pepe Fanjul, and also the year that Marie Brenner’s coruscating essay “In the Kingdom of Big Sugar” was published in Vanity Fair. Exactly ten years ago today I composed a short essay on Florida Sugar and the Fanjuls. Food for thought at least especially as we now know that they own Tate & Lyle Sugars! 


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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Wednesday, May 21st 2014

February 2011 is the 10th annniversary of Marie Brenner’s IN THE KINGDOM OF BIG SUGAR.


When Tate & Lyle announced in July 2001 that it was selling off its Domino Sugar refinery operations in Brooklyn New York to an investment group dominated by a Cuban family with extensive cane growing interests in Florida, it hardly registered as a news story outside of the extraordinary world of sugar. Nine years later on July 1st 2010 the announcement from company headquarters, Sugar Quay in London, was that the former Sugar Giant had sold its European sugar operations to American Sugar Refining Inc. Who are the main interests behind ASR? Does that have anything to do with the Fanjuls?

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Monday, February 28th 2011

Tate & Lyle, one time Imperial Sugar Giant sings “Bye, Bye Sugar, Bye Bye”!

In a Corporate profile of April 1989 Tate & Lyle was described as “the world’s largest sugar company” and listed as “the 15th largest foreign investor in the United States”. Today we woke up to the announcement that a sugar free era dawns for Tates. I wonder what John Maclean would have made of it? There he is below on the left sat next to his great pal Albert E Sloane.


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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Thursday, July 01st 2010

Mr Cube went down to Georgia

I’ve been in Athens, Georgia USA talking about the downsized Mr Cube and could hardly resist the urge to say a little bit more about how the (so called) “socialist hydra” he helped defeat in 1949/1950, is nothing to compare with BIG SUGAR in America today.

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Posted by Ron Noon in Beyond The Lane on Sunday, March 28th 2010

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