1960 Persil

Persil (also known as DixanWipp, or LeChat) is a brand of laundry detergent currently and originally made by Henkel & Cie; but which is now also licensed for manufacture, distribution, and marketing in several countries by Unilever. Henkel and Unilever both manufacture their own formulations. Introduced in 1907, Persil is notable because it was the first commercially available “self-activated” laundry detergent.  The name, Persil, is derived from two of its original ingredients, perborate and silicate  It is Unilever’s premium brand in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Persil is sold in many forms, with several “environment friendly” products.

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1960 OMO

Surf is the name of a brand of laundry detergent made by Unilever and sold in the India, Ireland, South Africa and many other countries. In the United Statesthe Surf product line is owned by Sun Products. The brand Omo was used when it was introduced in Australia and New Zealand but in Australia, Surf as well as Omo are sold and they are both top- selling laundry detergents in Australia[citation needed]. Surf was introduced in 1959 after Rinso, formerly Lever’s best selling detergent brand, had declined in both sales and market share. Formulations of the detergent and the market segment targeted vary by region; in some countries Unilever also markets Persil detergent (but in others Persil is a Henkel brand).

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1960 John West Salmon

The original company was founded by T. L. Pelling and C. H. Stanley, who created Pelling Stanley and Company in 1857. The company soon specialized in importing canned food, which at the time was a novel product. By 1879, they were importing canned salmon from the John West company in Oregon, USA. Pelling Stanley purchased the rights to use the John West name in 1888. The first shipments of John West Salmon appeared in 1892.

By 1924, the three companies, operating separately, were all associated with Unilever:

  • Angus Watson and Co.
  • R B Green and Co.
  • Pelling Stanley and Company

By 1964, Unilever had merged the three into one company, John West Foods. Branches were expanded to Australia and Africa in 1974.

In 1997, Heinz acquired the brand and the majority of the John West Food company operations, excluding those in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa which continued to be part of Unilever.  In March 2006, Heinz sold its European Seafoods business to French-based MW Brands, itself owned by Lehman Brothers banking group, for EUR 425 million.

In 2010, Thailand-based seafood processing company Thai Union Group bought MWBrands, resultantly becoming the world’s largest canned-tuna producer.

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1979 Paxo Stuffing

Paxo is a well-known brand of stuffing in the United Kingdom, currently owned by Premier Foods.

Paxo was devised in 1901 by John Crampton, a butcher from Eccles near Manchester, who wanted to have something extra to sell to his customers shopping for their Sunday lunch menus.

In the beginning sales growth of Paxo was slow because stuffing is mainly served with chickens, and poultry was then traditionally regarded as a luxury. As the price of chickens dropped and that of red meats rose in the 1950s and 1960s, Paxo’s popularity grew.

At Christmas, the product is advertised with the slogan “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Paxo” (a play on the phrase “Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the Turkey”).

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