S&B Herbafoods
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Messrs. Spencer, Fooks and Brotherton, founded a cereals trading company shortly after the end of the First World War in 1919. With many commodities in short supply, their aim was to counter the significant shortages in many basic foods.

The founders were soon joined by Richard A Stevens, and in 1938 the company's name changed to Stevens & Brotherton Limited, with the business solidly built on trading rice.

Rationing during the Second World War further helped the Company to develop close relationships with its customer base and to expand into the supply of canned goods. At this same time, Stevens & Brotherton developed what was to become an important relationship with Riviana Foods Inc, Houston, Texas - a major force in the rice market. This relationship prospered and in 1975 the Company was acquired by Riviana Foods and entered a period of rapid growth.

Further expansion occurred in 1992 with the acquisition of Peabody Fine Foods, another major food importer and distributor that significantly widened the product base of the Company.

In 2004 Stevens & Brotherton merged with Joseph Heap in Liverpool to form S&B Herba Foods Limited. Shortly after S&B Herba Foods acquired Vogan & Co in Cambridgeshire. This meant we were able to combine the rice milling and processing expertise of the two mills with our sales, marketing and administration.

Later the same year, Ebro Foods purchased Riviana Foods, which meant that S&B Herba Foods became part of the Ebro Foods group.