The origins of the modern company, Cadbury Schweppes PLC, began in Geneva, Switzerland in 1783 when watchmaker and amateur scientist, Jean Jacob Schweppe perfected a method of making carbonated water. In 1824, John Cadbury began vending tea, coffee, and eventually chocolate in Birmingham in England. Cadbury's sons, Richard and George, assumed operations upon their father's retirement in 1861.
Like Schweppes, Cadbury continued to grow and expand its reach into a world market. The two British household brand names merged to form Cadbury Schweppes PLC in 1969. Through natural and acquisition-based growth, the company has expanded and continues to thrive.