The Schweppes Story

  • By: Max S.
  • Date: December 22, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Schweppes is one of the most consumed drinks in the world! It won’t be careless to assume everyone knows Schweppes, will it? However, only a few people are familiar with its fascinating story.

If you were to guess how long the company has been in operation, you might make a wrong guess. However, the making of the”Schweppervescence” experience was dated back over 230 years, when Johann Jacob Schweppes fell in love with Joseph’s experiment.

After publishing a Pamphlet in 1772 on his findings, the Swiss jeweler and watchmaker decided to give up his profession to devote himself entirely to experimenting with carbonated water.

Through his persistence, he has brought to life a product known to every family in the world.

In this article, we’d explore the story behind an iconic brand, its origin, its owners, and the state of the company Jacob Schweppes created. So, let’s get to it!

What Is The Origin Of Schweppes?

Based on the discoveries of English chemist Joseph Priestley, German-Genevan scientist Johann Jacob Schweppe created a method to make bottled carbonated mineral water. To market carbonated water, Schweppe established the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783. 

Jacob Schweppes can be said to have created the soft drink industry!

As well as being one of the earliest examples of a soft drink, Schweppes was also one of the first brands to use an iconic bottle shape: its distinctive square bottle cap with two handles is still used today on many types of bottles throughout Diageo’s range including vodka and gin.

The 1870s saw the introduction of the well-known Schweppes Indian Water and Ginger Ale, and the company continued to grow internationally as new bottling facilities popped up worldwide.

With the construction of the first factory in Sydney, the Schweppes brand made its way to Australia in 1877. All Schweppes products still on the Australian market today are made in Australia.

Who Currently Owns Schweppes?

Schweppes soda cans

Depending on licensing and location, many global businesses that produce and sell soft drinks make, bottle, and distribute them within their licensed areas; the same goes for Schweppes.

The 1969 merger of the Schweppes Company and Cadbury created the Cadbury Schweppes. However, after purchasing numerous more brands over the years, the company split in 2008, with its US beverage section becoming Keurig Dr. Pepper and being separated from its global confectionery business – now part of Mondelez International. 

Keurig Dr. Pepper owns the Schweppes trademark in Canada and the US. The same year, the Japanese Asahi Group acquired Schweppes Australia from Cadbury and is the registered brand owner in Australia.

In numerous nations, including 21 countries in Europe, The Coca-Cola Company owns the Schweppes brand. The company owns the brand in an additional 22 European nations—Schweppes International Limited (a subsidiary of Suntory).

Swire’s subsidiary Swire Coca-Cola manufactures Schweppes-branded beverages in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

What Are The Different Products Schweppes Make?

Schweppes was one of the first types of soft drinks. The only produced standard soda water was in 1783; Today, the Schweppes brand is associated with beverages aside from soda water, such as lemonade and ginger ales.

According to their website, the Schweppes Company boasts of having over 40 different products, which are:

  • Elderflower tonic with Citrus extract 
  • Low sugar tonic with a hint of cinchona bark 
  • Bright tonic with extract Javanese cinchona bark 
  • Dry ginger with extract of Indian chilli 
  • Soda water with colorado mountain salt 
  • Lemonade with essence of Italian flavor 
  • Ginger beer with a touch of Mexican lime essence 
  • Raspberry with a twist of Brazilian orange essence 
  • Mexican lime with a spritz of cucumber essence 
  • Indian tonic water 
  • Soda water 
  • Dry ginger ale 
  • Lemon lime & bitters 
  • Bitter lemon 
  • Lemonade 
  • Agrum blood orange 
  • Agrum citrus blend 
  • Lime Soda Water 
  • Diet Indian Tonic Water 
  • Diet Dry Ginger Ale 
  • Sugar-Free Agrum Citrus Blend 
  • Natural Mineral Water 
  • Infused Natural Mineral water with Lime 
  • Infused Natural Mineral water with Raspberry 
  • Infused Natural Mineral water with Peach 
  • Infused Natural Mineral water with Grapefruit 
  • Orange & Mango Mineral Water 
  • Lemon & Lime Mineral Water 
  • Blood Orange & PassionFruit Mineral Water 
  • Lemon Mineral Water 
  • Pineapple & Lemon Mineral Water 
  • Apple & Cranberry Mineral Water 
  • Australian Sparkling Mineral Water 
  • Lemonade 
  • Raspberry 
  • Brown Cream Soda 
  • Lime 
  • Sarsaparilla 
  • Ginger Beer 
  • Lemonade Zero Sugar 
  • Raspberry Zero Sugar 
  • Lemon 
  • Lemon Lime & Bitters

Was Schweppes The First To Create The Carbonated Beverages Bottle Cap?

schweppes foreign soda cans

The carbonated beverage bottle cap story is a little more complicated than it sounds. It turns out that Schweppes was not the first company to create this packaging design; there were others before them.

Painter, who holds at least 85 patents to his credit, was a prolific inventor. When he created his most well-known invention, he was just shy of 50 years old. In 1892, William Painter invented the crown bottle cap. Both twist-off and pry-off crown caps are still in use today.

Even though carbonated beverages in bottles were already common by the 1880s, they were frequently closed with a cork or other plug inserted into the bottleneck. It required a lot of labor, and the cleanliness standards were questionable. They were unreliable because they failed to adequately seal the drink, allowing liquids and carbonated gases to flow.

The painter created the Crown Cork bottle cap to stop drinks from spoiling. His idea dramatically altered the expanding beverage sector, particularly in Baltimore, where breweries were prosperous.

The first plant of Crown Cork and Seal, which was located at Guilford and Oliver Streets, produced machinery specifically designed for the beverage industry. When Painter died in 1906, Crown Cork and Seal was well-known worldwide.

While being the first soda made, Schweppes was not the first to create the carbonated beverage bottle cap.

Conclusion 

Schweppes have been producing a wide variety of products for over 235 years and continue to innovate today by creating unique flavors and innovative new packaging options. 

The company has undergone many changes over the years, but its focus on quality and customer service remains unchanged.

We can still expect to see them around, somewhere on the top of the industry list, for many more years.