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J. Schweppe and Co

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March 1896.

Schweppes of London, Liverpool, Derby and

65 Castle Street, Bristol.

1780 Schweppes was founded by a German-born Swiss jeweller and amateur scientist named Jacob Schweppe, who discovered a way of producing carbonated water on a commercial scale.

1792 The Schweppes brand arrived in Britain, with the opening of the first factory on Drury Lane, London. The Schweppes product range included its classic Schweppes Lemonade, original Schweppes Bitter Lemon, Schweppes Indian Tonic Water and Schweppes Ginger Ale, and a variety of juices.

1793 After disagreements within the company, it was decided that Jacob Schweppe would keep the London business.

1798 Jacob Schweppe sold three-quarters of the business.

1830s Company produced a range of carbonated drinks, including lemonade.

1837 Company received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria.

1870 Company extended the range, introducing Indian Tonic Water and American Ginger Ale.

1897 Became a public company - Schweppes Ltd - the company was registered on 6 May, to take over the business of mineral water manufacturers of J. Schweppe and Co. [1]. The company was one of those promoted by E. T. Hooley[2].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. The affairs of Mr E T Hooley - The Times, 25 July 1898