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When Jacob Schweppe perfected the bottling of carbonated water in 1783, he set into motion a beverage revolution that far exceeded his wildest dreams. From medicinal wonder-cures and fountains of youth, through to round-bottled egg-sodas, and international world fairs, the history of the Schweppes brand is synonymous with style, adventure, and unsurpassed refreshment.
A Cure for What Ails You
The Schweppes story begins in the bustling township of Geneva at the foot of the Swiss Alps. It was here in 1783 (some five years before white settlers set foot onto Australian shores) that Jacob Schweppe first discovered the secret behind producing carbonated beverages on a commercial scale.

As the founding father of the modern soft drink industry, Jacob Schweppe was initially interested in what he believed to be the 'medicinal properties' of his beverages. Beginning with a moderate range of seltzer and spa waters, Jacob Schweppe advocated that his carbonated drinks be used for "invigorating the system and exalting the spirits". Over the following years, Schweppes beverages were heartily endorsed by leading European doctors who collectively extolled their use in the treatment of an array of medical ailments.
Egg Sodas
By the early 1800s, Schweppes further revolutionised the soft drink industry. Having realised that traditional 'upright' bottles were unsuitable for storing carbonated beverages, Schweppes introduced a range of round-bottom bottles with wire-bound corks. Known as 'egg sodas', these innovative bottles were designed to lie on their sides. This allowed the cork to stay continually damp and prevented the carbonation from easily escaping. The egg soda design rapidly became an industry standard, and was revamped as recently as 2006.

A Fountain of Youth
It's a little known fact that the iconic 'Schweppes fountain' trade mark actually dates back to The Great Exhibition of 1851 which was held at the famous Crystal Palace in London's Hyde Park. The centrepiece of the exhibition was an enormous crystal fountain made from 4 tons of pure glass. Specifically designed to showcase the allure of the legendary 'fountain of youth', the 27 foot fountain delighted visitors with a sparkling flow of Schweppes Malvern Soda Water. If you look closely, you'll find reference to this fountain in the Schweppes logo that is still in use today.
A Transcontinental Journey
By the mid 1870s, international trade winds and pioneering adventurers had dispersed Schweppes products across the globe; and with the brand's expansion came the addition of new, tantalising flavours. In particular, Schweppes Tonic Water became a firm favourite across the British Empire, where, in the unwelcoming climates of India, South Africa and Australia, many a colonist found refreshment in its tart, quinine-flavour, especially when served with gin and a twist of lemon.

The Sophisticated Choice
Today, Schweppes continues to delight the discerning consumer with more than 40 high quality products. From classic mixers, refreshing mineral waters, and crisp lemonade, through to the new exotic blends of Agrum, Ciata and Sueno, Schweppes has a sophisticated beverage for every occasion.
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