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Apollinaris Co

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March 1896.
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of Westminster, London

Factories at Elland, Yorkshire, Colindale, Hendon[1] and Edenbridge, Kent.[2]

Producers of Apollinaris Mineral Water.

1852 "Apollinaris" water has been sourced from a spring in Bad Neuenahr, Germany, after it was discovered by a vintner called Georg Kreuzberg, from Ahrweiler in Germany. [3]

1853 George Kreuzberg began to sell the water from the spring he had discovered.

1874 Eduard Steinkopff, a German who moved to London receives the rights for sale of Apollinaris to some export countries.

1878 Steinkopf takes over all the international sales business and the "Apollinaris Company Limited" is founded in London.

1881 10 millions jugs and bottles of the water were sold every year.

1895 Apollinaris registers the red triangle and the claim "The Queen of Tabler Waters" as trademarks.

1897 Frederick Gordon, an English hotel group, acquired the companies in both England and Germany.

1900 Apollinaris is already internationally well-known and with a turn over of more than 40 million fillings per annum it is one of the most successful enterprises of the time.

1937 The firm was renting a large warehouse close to the River Thames immediately east of St. Katharine's Dock. They also had a large warehouse on the south bank of the Thames next to Cherry Garden Pier. This warehouse featured a small projecting corrugated iron-clad building containing two gas-fired boilers, providing steam for four small wall cranes.[4]

1946 / 47 - Presto Factories at Elland and Colindale are de-requisitioned.[5]

1956 Apollinaris became a German company again.

1991 Schweppes of Germany and Apollinaris merged.

2002 Cadbury Schweppes buys out whole company. The new company is called Apollinaris and Schweppes GmbH.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Truth - Friday 13 June 1947, Page 610
  2. Truth - Wednesday 08 April 1936, Page 597
  3. [1] Wikipedia
  4. 'London's Lost Riverscape - A Photographic Panorama' by Chris Ellmers and Alex Werner, Guild Publishing. The book contains a series of photographs of the Thames waterfront, taken in 1937 before many of the buildings were destroyed in WW2
  5. Truth - Friday 13 June 1947, Page 610
  • Trademarked. A History of Well-Known Brands - from Aertex to Wright's Coal Tar by David Newton. Pub: Sutton Publishing 2008 ISBN 978-0-7509-4590-5
  • [2] Company website