About Us

Grunwerg is an award winning supplier of houseware and catering
products, dedicated to new product development and innovation.
We specialise in premium stainless steel products and supply
cutlery, teaware, serving ware, tableware, kitchen utensils,
cookware, kitchen knives, barware, and scissors all representing
exceptional value for money. 

Grunwerg has over 70 years of experience in developing new brands and ranges of well loved
products with some of our famous brand names including Global, Tamahagane, Masahiro, Kasumi, Tojiro, Rockingham
Forge, Bellux, Art Deco, Cafe Stal, Cafe Ole as well as Minosharp, Pioneer, DrinkPod, Benriner and Vektra to name a few.

We ensure the very highest quality materials and on-trend styles and finishes to inspire and
delight customers.

A family business since we started in 1945, we continue to evolve and change as tastes and styles have changed. Our customers vary from cookshops to some of the most premium department stores and large national retailers.

Email: sales@grunwerg.co.uk

Telephone +44 (0) 114 275 6700



1945 – IGL is born! The business is established by Otto Grunwerg, a refugee from war torn Vienna. Otto developed links with local factories in his previous business wholesaling stainless steel items, scissors, knives and cutlery items.

1950’s – IGL acquires the GE Lawrence building, manufacturing blades under license. 

1960’s – David and Charles Grunwerg enter the business. Deteriorating conditions in the UK for manufacturing push the brothers to make buying trips abroad in Japan. 

1970’s – David and Charles close the UK factory to concentrate on imports from the Far East.

1980’s – With the business growing rapidly, IGL moved from its initial home on Nursery street to purpose built offices and warehousing on Rockingham Street in the centre of Sheffield. 

1990’s – IGL begins distribution of the famous Global Knife brand.

2000’s – IGL achieves rapid growth fuelled by the success of Japanese knife imports. Extensions are made to its Rockingham Street warehouse and offices. 

2010’s – Benjamin Grunwerg, son of David enters the IGL business. 

2018 – IGL move from its headquarters in Sheffield to new premises in Sheepbridge in the countryside.

2019 – IGL open ‘Santoku’ showroom on Great Portland Street to provide chefs and consumers direct access to view its products in a luxury setting. 

2020 – Global celebrates its 35th Anniversary and IGL its 75th Anniversary!

Situated in the beautiful wooded valley of Sheepbridge, our new 4 Acre home base and head office acts as a development and logistics centre for the business. Featuring modern offices and warehouse facilities, we also have a large and well-equipped showroom to welcome guests.

  • Our 90,000 Sq ft. warehouse offers great stock holding facilities for order fulfilment
  • Enhanced logistics and ordering system
  • Over 3,000 lines
  • Enhanced levels of service and customer care
  • Dedicated sales team and expert advice

With dedicated members of staff in marketing, sales and administration, we are always on hand to provide our customers with good service. Many of our staff have worked in our business for over 25 years!