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A Richmond landmark, the Sauer’s Vanilla sign is one of the few incandescently lighted signs remaining in the United States.

In 1884, at age seventeen, Conrad Frederick Sauer began work for a retail and wholesale drug business in Richmond, Virginia.  As a drug clerk, he dealt directly with customers who usually brought in their own bottles to be refilled with drugstore products. He soon noticed that flavoring extracts formed a large percentage of this business, because the housewives making the purchases were more assured of purity and strength from the drugstore products. Read More

"One Family, 120 Years"
by: Greg Edwards

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme . . . and, oh yeah, cumin and black pepper, too.

A stroll through the C.F. Sauer Co. distribution warehouse in downtown Richmond nearly overwhelms the senses with the aroma of a rich variety of spices from exotic places around the world.

Sauer, one of the nation's top producers of spices, flavoring extracts and other food products, celebrates its 120th anniversary this Saturday. Only a few Richmond businesses have been around longer than C.F. Sauer Co. ... Read More


Sauer Company Timeline

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