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British Industrial History

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of 35-8 Rushworth Street, Blackfriars, London, SE1. Telephone: Hop 6226 (4 lines). Cables: "Otopany, London"

of Marble Arch House, 4 Connaught Place, London, W2. Telephone: Paddington 6001. Cables: "Kia-Ora, Padd., London". (1947)

Kia-Ora is a concentrated fruit soft drink, made by Atlantic Industries and produced in the UK by Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd. It comes in many fruit flavours.

It takes its name from "kia ora", a Māori language greeting which has entered New Zealand English. It means literally "be well/healthy" and is used for both "hello" and "goodbye".

The name was first used for a lemon squash by Arthur Gasquoine of Sydney, Australia, who founded an ice and soft-drink business in 1896.

1903 First created in Australia - Kia Ora Dairying Co.

1917 Kia-Ora was launched in Great Britain.

1929 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Kia-ora Lemon Squash, Orange Squash and Fruit Syrups. (Stand No. K.62) [1]

1947 British Industries Fair Advert in conjunction with Schweppes for Fruit Squashes and Cordials. Manufacturers of Orange Squash, Lemon Squash, Grapefruit Squash, Lemon barley, Lime Juice Cordial, Diabetic Lemon Squash and Orange Squash, "O.T." (a non-alcoholic stimulant). Also "Barrowby Gem" - a gin-based cocktail ready to drink. (Foodstuffs etc. Section - Earls Court, 1st Floor, Stand No. 742) [2]

1953 Colour advert on this page for Fruit Squash. [3]

See also


Sources of Information

  1. 1929 British Industries Fair p96
  2. 1947 British Industries Fair Advert 314; and p156
  3. [1] History World