Portrait: Johann Jacob Schweppe

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Madrid – Gran Via – Schweppes neon sign © flickr.com – Tomás Fano/cc-by-sa-2.0

Johann Jacob Schweppe (March 16, 1740 – November 18, 1821) was a German-born naturalised Swiss watchmaker and amateur scientist who developed the first practical process to manufacture carbonated mineral water, based on a process discovered by Joseph Priestley in 1770.

Schweppe was born in Witzenhausen in the Landgraviate of Hessen-Kassel. He moved to Geneva in 1765 to work as a watchmaker and jeweler, and founded the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783. The addition of carbon dioxide was considered, at the time, to have medicinal properties. In 1792 he moved to London to develop the business there, but it was not successful and failed in 1795. However Erasmus Darwin, the grandfather of Charles Darwin, started talking up the beverage, which started to become popular. Schweppe returned to Geneva in 1821. In 1831, King William IV of the United Kingdom adopted the beverage which could then use the famous “by appointment of“. It subsequently became very popular.

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In 1843, Schweppes commercialised Malvern Water at the Holy Well Spring in the Malvern Hills, which was to become a favourite of the British Royal Family until parent company Coca-Cola closed the historic plant in 2010 to local outcry. Mainstay Schweppes products include ginger ale (1870), bitter lemon (1957), and tonic water (the oldest soft drink in the world – 1771).

In 1969, the Schweppes Company merged with Cadbury to become Cadbury Schweppes. After acquiring many other brands in the ensuing years, the company was split in 2008, with its US beverage unit becoming the Dr Pepper Snapple Group and separated from its global confectionery business (now part of Mondelez International). The Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the current owner of the Schweppes trademark.

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