1985 Dulux Paints

DuluxIn the early days of its existence, decorators and their suppliers were the main customers for Dulux, with Say Dulux to your decorator used as an advertising slogan in the 1950s. By 1953, Dulux was available in the retail market and ten years later the famous Old English Sheepdog was used in advertisements, to the point where “Dulux dog” has become a common nickname for the breed. The name Dulux is derived from the words DuPont and Luxury.

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1986 Smiths Tubes

Smith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith’s garage. In 1927 the company expanded into a factory in Brentford, London. This was enlarged in 1930. During the depression Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business. Smiths was later owned by Nabisco, BSN and finally sold to PepsiCo in the 1990s. Subsequently Pepsico withdrew the brand, in favour of Walkers, which had been heavily marketed in a campaign using footballer Gary Lineker. Many of the products previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers, although there are still several Smiths branded crisps.

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1985 Thomas Cook Holidays

Thomas Cook Group plc is a British global online/offline travel company created on 19 June 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group plc. At flotation on the London Stock Exchange 52% of the shares in the new company were held by the German mail order and department store corporation Arcandor (former owners of Thomas Cook AG) and 48% owned by the shareholders of MyTravel. On 9 June 2009 Arcandor filed for bankruptcy.  The merger, which was backed by 99.9% of shareholders, took place through the formation of ‘NewCo’ which effectively purchased MyTravel and Thomas Cook and was then listed on the London Stock Exchange under the name of Thomas Cook Group plc (LSE: TCG).  It is a constituent of the FTSE SmallCap Index.

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1985 Maxell

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. commonly known as Maxell, is a Japanese company which manufactures consumer electronics. The company’s notable products are batteries — the company’s name is a contraction of “maximum capacity dry cell” — and recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs like CD-R/RW and DVD±RW. Additionally, the company sells electronics and several kinds of accessories, ranging from CD and DVD laser cleaners to storage boxes.

On March 4, 2008 Maxell announced that it would no longer manufacture its optical media, but would start contracting other companies to manufacture Maxell media.

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1985 Heinz BBQ Beans

Heinz Baked Beanz are a brand of baked beans produced by the H.J. Heinz Company, and sold in the United Kingdom and other countries. Heinz Beanz were launched in 1901 as “Heinz Baked Beans” and were made in United States until 1928, when the production began in the United Kingdom.

The UK headquarters is in Hayes, London. After opening its first overseas office in London in 1896, the company opened its first UK factory in Peckham, south London in 1905. This was followed by a second factory at Harlesden, north-west London in 1919. Production was started at a former munitions factory at Standish near Wigan in 1946 before the new factory at Kitt Green Wigan opened in 1958.

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