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Potted history of 100 year old Sheffield firm

Bingham's meat paste company. Managing Director of Bingham's meat paste company Peter Moon.

Bingham's meat paste company. Managing Director of Bingham's meat paste company Peter Moon.

The company may be based in the back streets of Crookes, but it is looking to celebrate its centenary with a wider audience.

So potted beef specialist Binghams will give a potted history of its 100 years in a display in Fargate next weekend.

One hundred years after Charles Bingham began producing the first beef spreads from his home in Heeley, the traditional family firm is going strong from the premises it has occupied in Western Road since 1934. Twenty full-time staff work there.

Binghams supplies many of the big supermarket chains, and sales continue to rise by about 10% a year.

“We like to think of it as an iconic Sheffield food brand,” said Peter Moon, who owns the business with his wife, Stella. “We still say ‘Made in Sheffield since 1914’. We are in Crookes and we support a lot of local supply businesses.”

Celebrations will be held on the precinct on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm when there will be free potted beef sandwiches, live music and a quiz to win a 1920s Binghams model delivery van.

Donations will be collected for Music in Hospitals, a charity that organises interactive concerts a year for people in hospitals, hospices, care homes, day centres and special schools. Peter and Stella appreciated its work when Peter’s late father, Duncan, was in hospital.

The business was once in the hands of Northern Foods, but returned to private ownership and has become something of a Sheffield institution, taking pride in using 100% British beef. “One of the key things is not to change the basic recipe,” said Peter.

 

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