Our history

In the UK, we started out as Gerber, a family business based in Somerset. In 2013 Gerber merged with Refresco, opening up a world of new opportunities.

1820

Somerset Fruit Products (the predecessor of Gerber Emig) is founded, a small food business producing preserves and canned produce, fillings and jams.


1985

The Hanover Group acquired the juice business and the company became Gerber Foods Manufacturing. Over the subsequent years, Gerber Foods Manufacturing innovated and diversified, invested and acquired, expanded and developed, winning contracts and growing overseas.


1999

Menken Beverages (the predecessor of Refresco), was founded with a management buyout of Menken Drinks and Refrescos de Sur Europa S.A. from a major Dutch dairy group.


2000

Menken Beverages acquires Krings Fruchtsaft in Germany gaining access to the German discount retail channel.

Refresco Holding is formed on March 30 2000 with production sites in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.

2001

Gerber Foods Manufacturing acquires EMIG becoming the largest supplier of juices and juice drinks in Europe – supplying private label and branded products.

2002

Refresco acquired Hardthof Fruchtsaft in Germany and Délifruits in France. The acquisition of Délifruits delivered access to aseptic PET production capacity and expertise.

2003

Refresco acquires Interfruit Vital in Spain, reinforcing Refresco’s position in Spain and Portugal as well as in the discount channel. Refresco Holding purchased by private equity house 3i.

2004

Refresco acquires Vip-Juicemaker in Finland to expand manufacturing capability 
in Scandinavia.

2006

3i sells its investment in Refresco to an Icelandic investor consortium.

2007

Refresco acquires Kentpol in Poland, Histogram in the UK and Sun Beverage Company (SBC) with operations in the Benelux and France.

Acquisition of Nuits St George in France strengthens customer service in the French market.

2009

Refresco acquired Schiffers Food consolidating the company’s position in the Benelux private label soft drinks and fruit juices market.


2010

Refresco acquires Soft Drinks International (SDI), an important step in completing its product portfolio in the German market.

2011

Refresco enters the Italian market with the acquisition of Spumador followed by an add on investment in Sulmona, South Italy.

2012

Refresco acquires Taja, a Polish private label manufacturer of CSDs and water.

2013

Refresco and Gerber Emig merge. As one company, we will have greater opportunities to invest in innovation and to achieve growth. Our customers will benefit from greater scale, a seamless service across geographies and access to a broader portfolio of soft drinks in more markets. Our combined supply chain platform will be well positioned to meet their continuously changing needs and requirements.

2015

On March 27, 2015 Refresco Gerber announced successful launch of the company on the Euronext stock exchange in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. We have ambitious plans to bring Refresco Gerber to the next stage by combining organic growth and acquisitive growth in Europe and beyond.

2016

We changed our name from Refresco Gerber to simply Refresco.

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