FIND OUT HOW SIMPSONS BEVERAGES WAS BORN

THE EVOLUTION OF THE POP MAN


Simpsons Beverages began in 1934 when William Herbert Simpson left his father’s business in Walkden near Manchester, which supplied the local shops with soft drinks and vinegar. He came to Blackpool in 1934 where Simpsons Beverages was born, selling fizzy pop door to door and herbal beverages in his hand painted vans. This grew to an 18 van operation within just 2 years!

“It’s The Pop Man!”

“It’s the Pop man” became a local saying, with Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts alike selling Simpsons’ pop. Over the years the range of beverages expanded to include a herbal heath drink range with the Pop Man delivering Sarsaparilla, Dandelion & Burdock, Hop Bitters and Ginger Beer. This was brewed with the herbs and hops and sold in stone flagons which held one gallon. The herbal beverage range had health benefits and claimed to improve health & physical fitness, if taken daily for 2 weeks!

1960 london soft drinks competition 

Here at Simpsons Beverages we’ve always been passionate about taste & quality.  In 1960 we entered the London Soft Drinks Competition and we are proud to say many of our Soft Drinks were awarded in excellence! This included our legendary Ginger Beer, Orange Comminute, Bitter Lemon, amongst many others.

As the business grew, Simpson’s Beverages expanded beyond Blackpool, with a fleet of now legendary hand painted vans delivering across Fylde, Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Longridge, Chipping and Preston.

The Rise of the Supermarkets

However, with the rise of the supermarkets and the convenience they offered, William Herbert Simpson saw the need to move with the times and change direction. The door to door delivery network was sold around 1970, leaving Simpsons Beverages able to concentrate on developing new flavours for Bag-in-Box (Post Mix Drinks) and Slush Syrups.

Investing in State of the Art Facilities

In 1984 we moved from our premises in Woodland Grove, Blackpool to larger premises in Chiswick Grove, Blackpool. Prior to this time our team were still mixing from one blender with hand written recipes!

Fast forward more than half of a century and our production team has grown substantially to over 30 enthusiastic employees! We continue to invest in our Chiswick Grove premises, which has now expanded to 26,000ft facilities with state of the art automated machinery. Plus our production continues to evolve with ongoing investment, improving our manufacturing efficiencies and capacity.

Experts in Drinks Production

Today Chiswick Grove is also home to our new product development facility, with an ever expanding portfolio of drinks for our growing client base to choose from, distributed to a worldwide market. We also create and manufacture innovative new beverages to a client’s brief. Our beverages are widely stocked on supermarket shelves, served in bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels and sold through various wholesalers, retailers and distributors.

We’re extremely proud of our heritage and pleased to have evolved into a truly unique business that allows us to provide a vast range of beverage solutions for clients, tailored to individual needs, whilst always retaining our principles of ‘simple, honest, on-time quality service’.

Now in our third generation and still family owned and operated, we truly believe the key to our success is our collaborative relationships with our customers. We are proud to state that WE MAKE THE PERFECT DRINK.

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