Friar John Cor is the name of the friar who recorded the first known written reference to a batch of Scotch whisky on June 1, 1494.
He paid duty on "eight Bols of malt wherewith to make Aqua Vitae for
King James IV"; enough to make him about 1,500 bottles of whisky.
Stella Artois is a lager first brewed in Leuven, Belgium in 1926 as a
Christmas brew, and named Stella after the Latin for "star".
The first recorded history of Stella Artois begins in 1366, when records of taxes exist on Leuven's Den Horen Brewery, a brewery that is still in existence today.
In 1708, Sebastian Artois became the master brewer at Den Horen, and gave his name to the brewery in 1717.
Reinheitsgebot–the German beer purity law of 1516 mandated that beer could contain only four ingredients: barley, yeast, hops, water. In 1987 it was struck down by European Union for restricting trade.
In the late eighteenth century, Johann Jacob Schweppe, a German watchmaker and amateur scientist, developed a process to manufacture carbonated mineral water. He founded the Schweppes Company in Geneva in 1783.
Marchesi Antinori Srl is an Italian wine company that can trace its
history back to 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori joined the
Guild of Winemakers (Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri), this is the
date usually taken as the start of the wine business, although it was
only incorporated in 1898, as "Fattoria dei Marchesi Lodovico e Piero
Antinori". The Antinori family has been making wine for over six
hundred years, throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations.
The Glenlivet distillery, the oldest legal distillery in Scotland also
known as "The single malt that started it all", was founded by George Smith in 1830s. Smith, who was operating an illicit distillery at the time, became the first person to apply for and receive a license to legally produce spirit.
The concept of fair trade labeling, which guarantees coffee growers a negotiated pre-harvest price, began
with the Max Havelaar Foundation's labelling program in the Netherlands.
In 1888, Swiss brew master Joseph Villiger established Brahma brewery in Rio de Janeiro
Maxwell House is a brand of coffee manufactured by Kraft Foods. It is named in honor of the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.
The company recently unveiled its new slogan, "It's A New Morning. Brew Some Good." The coffee was provided to the hotel beginning in 1892 by local manufacturers, Leon T. Cheek and Joel Owsley Cheek,
who developed the blend.
Folgers is manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Co.
In 1888, Marvin C. Stone, of Washington, DC, received a patent for an "Artificial Straw", first wax drinking straw to replace use of natural rye grass straws.
William Painter received a patent for a 'Bottling-Machine'.
Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company registered the "Carnation" trademark in 1900.
Swiss chemist, Dr. George Wander, invented Ovomaltine (Ovo-maltine name derived from two main
ingredients: eggs and malt), later known as Ovaltine, in 1904.
Typhoo is a brand of tea launched in 1903 by John Sumner Jr. of Birmingham, England. In 2005, the Indian company Apeejay Surrendra Group purchased the brands for £80 million from Premier Foods and created The Typhoo Tea Company.
Johan Martinius Thoresen, a Norwegian (who later adopted the name William Copeland) who immigrated to Yokohama in 1864, opened the Spring Valley Brewery. By 1888, all of its beer carried the "Kirin" label. Kirin Brewery is currently owned by Mitsubishi group of companies.
E. & J. Gallo Winery was founded by brothers Ernest and Julio Gallo and is the largest exporter of California wine.
In 1934, A. W. Leo, Tom Yates and Ralph Harrison developed first Hawaiian Punch recipe.
Ruth Campbell Bigelow founded R.C. Bigelow, Inc. to produce quality teas in Fairfield, Cincinnati in 1945, is famous for its flagship brand–Constant Comment Tea (sample tea shared with family, friends, acquaintances caused 'constant comments').
Antillean Brewery, maker of Amstel beer, opened in 1958.
In 1962, First International Coffee Agreement (ICA) between coffee-producing countries negotiated in New York at Conference held under auspices of United Nations. The agreement contained provisions for application of quota system whereby supplies of coffee in excess of consumer requirements withheld from market; production and diversification policies initiated to limit supplies of coffee, promotion activities
instituted to increase consumption.
Leonard Marsh, Hyman Golden and Arnold Greenberg owned Unadulterated Food Corporation, launched the carbonated apple soda brand "Snapple" in 1972.
Coca-Cola introduced New Coke with the slogan "The Best Just Got Better" in 1985.
In 1949, Procter & Gamble registered 'Spic and Span' trademark (soluble cleaner, cleanser, and detergent)
Joseph Bramah is an inventor known for having invented the Flushing toilet (1778), Bramah Lock (1784),
Beer pump (1785) and Hydraulic press (1796). Bramah started the Bramah Locks Company at 124 Piccadilly, London which still operates today. The locks produced by his company were famed for their resistance to lock picking and tampering.
The company famously had a "Challenge Lock" which was displayed in the window of their London shop from 1790 mounted on a board containing the inscription:–"The artist who can make an instrument that will pick or open this lock shall receive 200 guineas the moment it is produced."
The challenge stood for over 67 years until it was broken at the Great Exhibition of 1851. An American locksmith by the name of Alfred Charles Hobbs was able to open the lock and was awarded the prize.
BitTorrent, Inc., an American corporation that develops peer-assisted Internet content
delivery technology based on the BitTorrent protocol, was founded in 2004 by Bram
Cohen and Ashwin Navin.
Australian cricketer and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer's first job was as a sales representative at ICI Paints.
The Laureus World Sports Awards were established in 1999 by founding patrons Daimler and Richemont and is supported by its Global Partners Mercedes-
Benz, IWC Schaffhausen (watchmaker) and Vodafone.
Master tailor Nazareno Fonticoli and his business partner Gaetano Savini opened their first suit shop in Rome's Via Barberini at the end of World War II. The company was named 'Brioni' after the resort on the coast of the Adriatic Sea, which is now called Brijuni in Croatia.
In 1901, King Camp Gillette, traveling salesman for the Baltimore Seal Company and William Emery Nickerson (MIT-trained inventor) founded American Safety Razor Company to sell razor blades. In 1902,
name changed to Gillette Safety Razor Company.
Lambert Pharmaceutical Company registered the 'Listerine' trademark in 1903
In 1937, Shulton Inc., founded 1934 by William Lightfoot Schultz, registered
the trademark 'Old Spice'
Liz Claiborne Inc. is a fashion company founded in 1976 in New York City by
Liz Claiborne, Art Ortenberg and Leonard Boxer. Liz Claiborne Inc. went
public in 1981 and had made the Fortune 500 in 1986–the first company
founded by a woman to be listed in the Fortune 500.
The Nabisco logo, a diagonal ellipse with a series of antenna-like lines protruding from the top, is known as
the Leviathan Cross, and can be seen imprinted on Oreo wafers in addition to Nabisco product boxes and
Henkel owns brands like, Persil washing powder, Spee washing powder, Vernel/Silan fabric softener, Somat/Glist dishwasher tablets, Pril washing-up liquid, Schwarzkopf haircare, Schauma shampoo, Fa shower gel and deodorant, Dial
shower and hand soap, Loctite and UniBond adhesives and
sealants, Pritt glue sticks and Duck industrial tape
In 1969, Henkel invented the glue stick under the Pritt Stick brand
after studying the 'twist-up ease' and convenience of lipstick
Persil is a brand of laundry detergent manufactured and marketed by
both Henkel in some countries and by Unilever in others.
Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin founded Bamford and Martin Ltd in London in 1913.
In 1914, Aston Martin name created after racing success at Aston Hill Climb.
Aston Martin DB5 appeared in 'Goldfinger' in 1981
In 2007, Ford sold controlling interest to group of investors (David Richards, John Sinders, Investment Dar, Adeem Investment Co.) for $848 million.
Eau de Cologne
Eau de Cologne is a spirit-citrus perfume launched in Cologne in 1709 by Italian perfumer Giovanni Maria
Farina. When Farina composed the perfume, he said he wanted it to
have the odor of an Italian spring morning after the rain.
The Original Eau de Cologne was used only as a perfume, and
Napoleon was a particular enthusiast of the Farina Eau de Cologne.
Giovanni Maria Farina's formula has been produced in Cologne since
1709 by Farina gegenüber and to this day has remained a secret.
Farina's shop Farina gegenüber at Obenmarspforten opened in
1709 and is today the world's oldest fragrance company. The famous
Cologne 4711 is named after this location at the "Glockengasse No.
In 1806, Jean Marie Joseph Farina, a grandgrandnephew of Giovanni
Maria Farina opened the Paris perfumery business that developed into
Roger & Gallet, who owns the rights to Eau de Cologne extra vielle in contrast to the Original Eau de Cologne from Cologne.
Eau de Cologne, or just "cologne", has now become a generic term. However, the original Eau de Cologne from Cologne is not an Eau de cologne, but an Eau de toilette, because it contains more than 5% aromatic compounds
In Eau de Cologne Impérial was introduced in 1853 and named His Majesty's Official Perfumer (France)