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Ernest Jackson and Co

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of Crediton, Devon and at Plantain Place, Crosby Row, Borough, London, SE1. Telephone: Crediton 10; Hop 2668. Cables: "Jackson, Crediton"

"With a heritage dating back to 1817, Ernest Jackson has over 180 years experience and expertise of developing, manufacturing and marketing medicated pastilles and lozenges."

1817 William Searle started making medicinal lozenges in Crediton

1891 Edward Ernest Jackson bought the business from Searle

1896 Ernest Jackson diversified into Pastilles & Pellets

1916 Ernest Jackson and Co became a private limited company. Acquired the Union Road Factory and started making compressed tablets

1923 Launched Imps liquorice and menthol pellets

1925 Launched Throaties medicated pastilles

1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Lozenges, Pastilles, Tablets, Licorice and Menthol Glossettes, Jackson's Santonin Worm Bonbons, etc. (Stand No. M.81) [1]

1930 Death of Ernest Jackson. His son William Jackson became MD

1964 Acquired the Proctor's brand

1973 The Union Road Factory was sold (compressed tablet production ceased)

1974 Acquired Vigroids brand

1977 Launch of Vitamin C pastilles

1980 Death of William Jackson

1984 Ernest Jackson merged with Bassetts Foods PLC

1989 Cadbury Schweppes took over Bassetts; Special Recipe brand acquired

1990 Trebor and Bassett were put together in Trebor Bassett Holdings

1991 Acquired Potters Catarrh Pastilles and Zubes brands

1992 Victory V and Hacks were acquired by Trebor Bassett

1995 Bassett's Soft & Chewy Vitamins launched; Kia Ora Fruit Pastilles launched

2000 The various types of confectionery in the UK were brought together as Cadbury Trebor Bassett

2003 Acquired Adams which brought Halls into Ernest Jackson

2005 Bassett's Soft & Chewy Omega 3 products launched

2008 Bassett's Soft & Chewy brand was re-launched

2008 Jacksons offered a wide range of branded products as well as a contract manufacturing service to meet consumer and customer needs in a number of healthcare markets.

Based in Devon, South West England, Ernest Jackson employed over 150 people across 2 sites.

Ernest Jackson , part of the Cadbury Trebor Bassett Group, a subsidiary of Cadbury Schweppes.

2011 Kraft Foods acquired Cadbury PLC

2013 Mondelez International was spun off from Kraft Foods Inc, holding the Cadbury companies

2015 Bassetts Vitamins was re-launched,introducing a new liquid offering

2017 MAC was re-launched; introduction of two new offerings for sore throats

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Ernest Jackson
  • From the Ernest Jackson website: (04/08)
  • [2] Ernest Jackson history