Our story began in 1783 when Jacob Schweppe brought ‘Schweppervescence’ to life. He perfected a way of capturing and bottling bubbles (the process of carbonation)—and founded Schweppes in Geneva. The company eventually expanded into England and his fizzy soda waters were endorsed by leading doctors and sold as a treatment for a variety of ailments. It was described as “a safe and cooling drink for persons exhausted by much speaking, heated by dancing or crowded assemblies”.
In 1798, Jacob retired and sold most of his interest in the company to three men. In exchange, he revealed to the partners ‘the whole art, mystery and process of making and composing artificial mineral waters’. Schweppes continued Jacob’s tradition of innovation and in 1835 introduced Schweppes Lemonade, which led to many other flavoured fizzy drinks being created.
During the 1870s, our famous Schweppes Tonic Water and Ginger Ale were added to the range and the company continued to expand geographically with factories opening around the world.
In 1877, the Schweppes brand arrived in Australia with the first factory built in Sydney. Schweppes took over the famous Passiona brand in 1979 and in the 1990s, launched Schweppes Traditionals—a highly successful range of carbonated fruit beverages. Flavours included lemonade, raspberry, lime, sarsparella and creamy soda.
Today, Schweppes Australia continues to be a leading company in the Australian non-alcoholic beverage market.