In the late eighteenth century, Johann Jacob Schweppe (1740–1821), a German-born naturalized Swiss watchmaker and amateur scientist developed a process to manufacture carbonated mineral water, based on a process discovered by Joseph Priestley in 1770, founding the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783. In 1792, he moved to London to develop the business there. Mainstay 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 Kraft Foods). The Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the current owner of the Schweppes trademark.
Schweppes Australia is a venture of Asahi Breweries and was formerly Cadbury Schweppes Australia before de-merging. Schweppes Australia manufactures its own soft drink as well as for Pepsico in Australia under license which includes 7up, Sunkist, Monster Energy as well as Australian Exclusives from acquired company P&N Beverages like Cool Ridge (Spring Water), Spring Valley fruit drinks and Fiji Water. As part of long-standing licensing agreements, products under the brand are produced by different companies in territories around the world.
In Trinidad and Tobago, Schweppes-brand products are produced under the authority of Atlantic Industries by Caribbean Bottlers (Trinidad and Tobago) LTD.
In Argentina, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Maldives, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vietnam, they are manufactured by The Coca-Cola Company.
In Germany and Austria, all Schweppes products are manufactured by the Krombacher Brauerei under license from Schweppes Germany. Schweppes Germany (and indirectly Krombacher) both control the German and Austrian licenses for Snapple (not available in Germany/Austria), Dr. Pepper and Orangina.
In Mexico, the rights are held by Grupo Peñafiel.
In Egypt, there is a judicial conflicts between Sonat Company, the owner of Schweppes trade mark in Egypt and The Coca-Cola company, so in Egypt there are two kinds of Schweppes one belonging to Sonat and other belonging to Coca-Cola.
An ad campaign in the 1950s and 1960s featured a real-life veteran British naval officer named Commander Whitehead, who described the product's bubbly flavour (effervescence) as "Schweppervescence".
Schweppes has invested in publicity in online social media. 
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