Gregg's (New Zealand)

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Cerebos Gregg's Limited
Private
Industry Food and beverages
Predecessor W Gregg & Co. Limited
Founded 1861, Otago
Founder William Gregg
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Number of locations
Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
Owner Suntory Holdings Limited (Japan)
Number of employees
300
Parent Cerebos Pacific Limited
Website cerebos.co.nz

Cerebos Gregg's is a New Zealand food and beverage company, best known for their coffee, desserts, and condiments. The company has been in operation since 1861,[1] making it one of New Zealand's oldest food companies. The company is now run as part of Cerebos Greggs Ltd.

The company employs over 200 people in its two factories. The Dunedin North factory has operated on the same site since 1925; the East Tamaki, Auckland site was opened in 1972 and now contains the current head office.

History[edit]

Company founder William Gregg emigrated from Northern Ireland to Australia’s Ballarat gold fields during the 1850s, and from there moved to Dunedin at the time of the Central Otago Gold Rush. There he established W Gregg & Co, with wide ranging food interests, but most notably a coffee and spice merchants. Gregg's became a limited liability company the 1920s, and in 1925 all the Gregg's operations were combined in one enterprise in Forth Street, Dunedin North (a site which still houses the company's coffee processing operations).

During the 1930s to 1950s, a range of other products were launched, including salad dressings and instant puddings. Gregg's also launched their first instant coffee in the 1950s, the first such product to be made in New Zealand. In 1991 Gregg’s launched granulated coffee, under the brand name of Red Ribbon Roast. Decaffeinated instant coffee was launched the following year.[2]

A 1970 advertisement for Gregg's coffee was the first multicultural television advertisement broadcast in New Zealand.[3]

In 1984, the New Zealand arm of international food company Cerebos merged with Gregg's to form Cerebos Gregg's Limited. In 1990, the company added the Robert Harris coffee brand to their company,[4] and in 2005, Atomic Coffee Roasters was also purchased by the company.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregg, W. and Co., Ltd, The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts], 1901. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  2. ^ Gregg's brand history
  3. ^ New Zealand Identity: Part I, On Disc: A moving image resource for New Zealand classrooms, New Zealand Film Archive. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ Cerebos Gregg's history
  5. ^ Inder, Richard (12 July 2005). "Atomic spills the beans". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 

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