Sweet Success: The Story of Grandma Molasses

In 1879, at the tender age of 20, Lorenzo George Crosby opened a grocery business in the bustling port town of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. An enterprising youth, L.G. quickly established himself as an entrepreneur in the import/export trade industry, transporting Maritime fish and lumber to the West Indies and returning with puncheons filled with that “liquid gold” known as fancy molasses. And so the Grandma Molasses Company was born. The rest, as they say, is sweet history.

In 1897, Grandma Molasses relocated to Saint John, New Brunswick—a larger, more centrally-located harbour town. By 1911, Grandma Molasses had outgrown its place of business on Nelson Street and moved to Marsh Road–now known as Rothesay Avenue. 135 years later, Grandma Molasses is still supplying molasses and sweeteners to retail and industrial markets from those same Rothesay Avenue premises.

Today, 135 years after L.G. Crosby founded his business, the Grandma Molasses Company continues to flourish as an independently-owned family business under the direction of Jim Crosby, a fourth-generation molasses purveyor.

While molasses continues to be the mainstay of the business, Grandma Molasses has an ever-expanding line of dry-sugar-based products and syrups, with distribution in Canada, the New England States and other international locations.


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