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Type Carbonated mineral water
Distributor Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Country of origin Geneva, Switzerland
Introduced 1783
Color Transparent

Schweppes /ˈʃvɛps/[1] is a beverage brand that is sold around the world. It includes a variety of lemonade, carbonated waters and ginger ales.


An 1883 advertisement for Schweppes Mineral-Waters

In the late eighteenth century, Johann Jacob Schweppe developed a process to manufacture carbonated mineral water based on the discoveries of Joseph Priestley. Schweppe founded the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783 to sell carbonated water.[2] In 1792, he moved to London to develop the business there. In 1843, Schweppes commercialised Malvern Water at the Holywell 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.[3]

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).[4] The Dr Pepper Snapple Group is the current owner of the Schweppes trademark.

Mainstay Schweppes products include ginger ale (1870),[citation needed] bitter lemon (1957),[5] and tonic water (the oldest soft drink in the world – 1771).[6][7][8]


During the 1920s and 1930s the artist William Barribal created a range of posters for Schweppes.[9] In 1945 the advertising agency S.T.Garland Advertising Service Ltd., London coined the word 'Schweppervescence' which was first used the following year. Thereafter it was used extensively in advertisements produced by Garlands who sold copyright of this word to the Schweppes Company for £150 five years later when they relinquished the account.

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 Evanescence.[10]

Another campaign made use of onomatopoeia in their commercials: "Schhh… You know who." after the sound of the gas escaping as one opens the bottle.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Schweppes Ginger Beer advertisement". The New Yorker: 115. 25 March 1950. (rhymes with peps) 
  2. ^ Morgenthaler, Jeffrey (2014). Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique. Chronicle Books. p. 54. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Cadbury plc Demerger" (Press release). Cadbury plc. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  5. ^ "Schweppes Bitter Lemon". Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "nous sommes en 1783 – Archives de la Tribune de Geneve". Retrieved 10 July 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ Rosenheck, Jackie (February 2011). "The quest for quinine". Doctor's Review. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  8. ^ Fiedler, Jennifer (14 October 2014). "The Essential Bar Book: An A-to-Z Guide to Spirits, Cocktails, and Wine, with 115 Recipes for the World's Great Drinks". Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  9. ^ Simmons, Douglas A. (1983). Schweppes® The First 200 Years. London: Springwood Books. ISBN 0-86254-104-2. 
  10. ^ "Advertising Mascots > Commander Whitehead (Schweppes Tonic Water)". Tv Acres. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Schweppes Tonic Water TV Advert by O & M". Youtube. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Schweppes- Für die Macher von heuter". Youtube. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 

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