The Franklin Brothers, Fredrick and Albert began in London in 1886 by creating remarkable drinks, combining the finest natural ingredients after Frederick returned from America, inspired by the innovative, pioneering drinks he had experienced.
Over 130 years later, we continue that ethos, using our experience and expertise to craft exceptional award-winning drinks, naturally and without compromise.
Franklin & Sons – Drinks Pioneers since 1886
THE FRANKLIN & SONS HERITAGE
1886 – Franklin & Brothers was established in April 1886 by George, Albert and Frederick Franklin
1890 – They were renowned for their home-brewed Ginger Beer, the recipe for which was a closely guarded secret. Their bottles were produced in returnable glass, stoneware and soda siphons, some of which are still in existence today
1898 – After the founding brothers moved out of the business, Frederick II kept alive the family business and renamed the business Franklin & Sons
1910 – Their horses were not only used to sell drinks but helped assist the local fire brigade, many members of the family were also firemen
1930 – Taking inspiration from Americans travelling to London, Franklin & Sons introduced innovative flavours to the UK from sources all around the world
1935 – The company started to extend their range of products by wholesaling cider, Bulmers and Coca Cola. Franklin & Sons outlasted all their local competitors
1955 – William Chapman (the first non-family Director) joined as Managing Director. In 1955 Frederick and James Franklin retired
1960 – Continuing the pattern of growth the Franklin’s family purchase more land and add a car park to the mill, given the growing number of the team and the introduction of affordable automobiles
1989 – After a very successful brand and wholesale business, sadly the mill was bought by a bigger company and ceased to exist
2015 – Franklin & Sons new modern bottle was lovingly redesigned with touches of the original embossing, bringing the brand back to life after more than 20 years
2016 – Franklin & Sons pick up 5 prestigious Great Taste Awards across the range
2017 – Franklin & Sons releases branded glassware including the popular gin Copa glass. Franklin & Sons receives Great Taste Awards for 6 products including Wild Strawberry & Scottish Raspberry with Cracked Black Pepper, British Dandelion & Handpicked Burdock with Star Anise, our classic Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water, our Light Tonic Water, Scottish Soda Water and our Sicilian Lemon Tonic Water.
2018 – Our Natural Indian Tonic Water continues to be great tasting winning 2 stars alongside our Wil Strawberry & Scottish Raspberry with Cracked Black Pepper and our Natural Light Tonic Water and British Dandelion & Handpicked Burdock with Star Anise holds their great taste with 1 star
2019 – Franklin & Sons launch The Flavour Collection of tonic waters to the ever-growing portfolio of tonic waters and mixers.
2020 – We earned our Great Taste Producer award and continued to pick up Great Taste Awards for a range of drinks.
2021 – We continue to be a Great Taste Producer. Additionally, we were winners of several gold and silver PR%F Awards.
2022 – Our winning tradition continues with accolades from Great Taste Awards, Bartender Brand Awards and Spirit & Mixer Masters.
Today – More than 130 years after its humble beginnings, Franklin & Sons heritage is celebrated in the range of crafted tonic waters and mixers.