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Frank Cooper

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July 1977.

Frank Cooper was a British company that is famous for its "Oxford Marmalade". It continues as a brand for marmalade and jams.

The Frank Cooper brand continues for marmalade and jams. It carried the Royal Warrant and is now owned by Premier Foods. The range now consists of Fine Cut, Coarse Cut and Peel Free marmalades, and also two premium mincemeats.

At 83 High Street, Oxford, there is a blue plaque (installed on 10 October 2001) that commemorates Sarah Cooper (1848–1932), marmalade maker and wife of Frank Cooper, whose shop at 83–84 High Street was the origin of the Frank Cooper jam business.

  • 1874 Sarah Cooper made the first batch of marmalade. For a while, the shop was reopened to sell Frank Cooper products.
  • 1903 The Frank Cooper Factory was established and was originally based in Oxford near the railway station on Park End Street. The marmalade produced was especially popular with dons and students in the University. Later the factory moved to Edinburgh, while still maintaining the "Oxford Marmalade" name for promotional purposes.
  • 2004 Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackcurrant and Apricot conserves were introduced.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • [2] Premier Foods