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Meet the maker: Hartridges

Hartridges is currently in its fourth generation of ownership having been established in 1882 by Francis Hartridge. Having had over 100 years in the business, Hartridges have a wealth of knowledge in how to turn passion and real ingredients into exceptional quality soft drinks.

Described as a "hands on family business," Hartridges pride themselves on their quality soft drinks. They have six ranges including a sparkling range with classics such as ginger ale, cola and root beer, and a mixers range with tonics destined for Gin.

Hartridges are able to produce such quality products due to the ingredients they use. Many of their soft drinks are void of preservations, artificial flavours and colours, and this shows in the glass with the flavour purity being insurmountable. 

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Francis Hartridge

Born in 1847, Francis Hartridge was pivotal in the formation of the soft drinks company that exists today.

Whilst working for his father at the family brewery in Kent, he trained as a brewer and ran the business until 1868. At the age of 35, he then purchased the Alliance Brewery, an independent brewery in Hambledon, Hampshire and Hartridges Soft Drinks Company was born.

By the early 20th century Hartridges were selling their ales and soft drinks to a wide geographical area and a fleet of dray horses were employed.

In 1936 under the control of Francis’ sons, Edward and Austin, Hartridges expanded its successful business and a fleet of lorries supplied the growing demand. Hartridges continued to expand whilst other breweries throughout the region were closing.

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