About Us

If it's tasty dumplings you're making, it has to be Atora!

Atora sells enough suet every year to make one million dumplings a week. We can trace our history back to 1893 when Gabriel Hugon set up the first ever factory to manufacture shredded suet, in Manchester, UK. 

Since then, Atora has been recognised as a convenient, economical and reliable food, with a good storage life. In fact, a tin of Atora suet was among the supplies taken by Captain Scott on his historical trek to the Antarctic in the early 1900s. It was returned to Atora many years later with the contents still pure and intact.

The name "Atora" was derived from the "toro", the Spanish word for bull, inspired by the fact that suet comes from beef cattle.


Hugon used this association in an early marketing initiative: Carts emblazoned with the company name were used for deliveries, pulled by two oxen.

Atora Original Beef Suet

Atora was the original shredded suet and for generations has been the number one choice. First introduced in 1893, Atora continues to be made to the highest standards using only our finest ingredients to assure you of delicious results every time.

Atora Vegetable Suet

Atora Vegetable suet can be used in the same way as standard suet and tastes every bit as good. Made from vegetable fats, Atora Vegetable contains no animal products and is thus suitable for vegetarians. 

Looking for Inspiration... ?

Here at Atora, we have a long history of publishing recipe books for you at home.  As far back as the 1930s we were providing consumers with hints and tips for home cooks.  In the 1990s, the renown home economist, Margurite Patten CBE provided the foreword to our recipe books.

However, we do not currently have a book in print, but are pleased to provide some of our finest recipes for you to download here...

Our Recipes

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