World famous brands and products here in Merseyside

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From great musical talents to incredible football players to popular entertainment stars, Merseyside is known for its innovation and creativity.

It is therefore not surprising that the region also produces globally recognized brands and products used by people around the world.

From food brands to shopping channels to online retailers, Merseyside has it all and a hub of innovation.

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Products like Home Bargains are synonymous with our region, while other brands and products represent some of our proudest exports.

However, some may surprise you.

While some were founded and built right here on Merseyside, others are companies that have chosen to establish their headquarters in our region, bringing with them amazing jobs and opportunities.

Here are some famous names that are made or based right here on Merseyside.

Jacob’s Crackers



24 million packs of Jacobs Cream Crackers are sold each year


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24 million packs of Jacobs Cream Crackers are sold each year

Jacob’s Long Lane factory in Aintree produces millions of creme crackers each year – with over half a billion Jacob’s crackers sold each year.

24 million packs of Jacob’s Cream Biscuits are sold each year, and an additional 3.3 million packs of Cheese Biscuits are sold over the same period.

Employing around 500 people, the bakery even has a ‘bicycle baker’ who travels the length of the 90 meter production line to check oven temperatures.

The site has been operating in Aintree for over 100 years – and it was Jacob’s very first factory to be built in England.

United Biscuits celebrated the factory’s centenary in 2014 – and Aintree remains the main producer of Jacob’s products in the UK, including cream crackers and Twiglets.

More than 100 years after the factory opened in Aintree, it still makes cream crackers the same way – allowing the dough to ferment and rise for seven hours.

nichols



Nichols non-executive chairman John Nichols pictured with some of the group's products.


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Nichols non-executive chairman John Nichols pictured with some of the group’s products.

Based in Newton-le-Willows, Nichols exports to over 70 countries around the world, with Vimto being particularly popular in the Middle East.

Its other brands include Feel Good, Starslush, Levi Roots and Sunkist.

Home Bargains



Home Bargains Prescot Parkway.  Geoff Davies Photography


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Home Bargains Prescot Parkway. Geoff Davies Photography

The Liverpool-born retail giant was founded by 21-year-old Tom Morris in 1976, with the first branch of what was then “Home and Bargains” in Old Swan.

Initially, with receipts of £100 a week, the careful and ‘conservative’ management of Tom and his brothers guided the brand to stratospheric heights.

He may have dropped the ‘and’, but Home Bargains now has over 500 stores and employs 22,000 people – the Morris clan worth £3.59billion.

The company has several of its own stores and paid £49million in corporation tax in 2018, more than double that of Facebook.

In 2019, the chain made a bigger profit than flagship London store Harrods, at £184m after tax.

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Unilever Research and Development Center at Port Sunlight, Wirral


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Unilever Research and Development Center at Port Sunlight, Wirral

Port Sunlight is Unilever’s homecare and personal care research and development centre, with major hair, laundry, deodorant and homecare programs run from the site.

World famous brands such as Dove, Sunsilk, Domestos, TRESemmé, Comfort and Surf all have “Port Sunlight Technology” inside.

The consumer goods company produces everything from ice cream tea and shampoo to skin care, including household brands such as PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s and Marmite.

The Port Sunlight site is home to the company’s global haircare and laundry product development and innovation centers.

Unilever has scientists developing oral care products, deodorants and household cleaning products, with a large microbiology facility and a pilot plant that allows staff to manufacture prototype shampoos, fabric softeners, toothpastes, deodorants and laundry liquids.

B&M

B&M, headquartered in Liverpool, was founded in Blackpool in 1978. It now has 600 stores in the UK and in 2010 moved to a new 620,000 square foot head office and distribution center in Speke .

In 2017, B&M acquired the entire issued share capital of Heron Foods Group, adding the UK frozen chilled food convenience store chain to the B&M Group.

Argos Catalog



Argos will stop printing its famous catalog


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Argos will stop printing its famous catalog

As children we all spent hours browsing the toys section of the Argos catalogue, but did you know that they are actually printed right here on Merseyside?

The retailer directory is printed by Prinovis, who are based at Liverpool International Business Park in Speke.

OK ! Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Asda, IKEA, Boots and B&Q.

Typhoon



Inside the Typhoo Tea factory in Moreton


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Inside the Typhoo Tea factory in Moreton

Based in Moreton, Wirral, Typhoo is Britain’s third largest tea manufacturer.

The factory in Moreton, Wirral, packs 16,000 tonnes of tea each year, equivalent to the weight of nearly 3,000 Asian elephants.

He makes 125 million tea bags a week to quench Britain’s thirst for a brew.

The factory, which covers 307,420 square feet, was once a Cadbury biscuit factory, but was redeveloped in the 1970s by Typhoo.

food for princes



Princes tuna steak


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Princes tuna steak

Princes, the Liverpool-based food and beverage giant, is headquartered in Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building on the city’s waterfront.

The company produces everything from canned tuna to Branston baked beans and Napolina canned tomatoes and oils.

Princes dates back to 1880 when it was established as a fish import business in Liverpool.

Very



The Very Group's head office in Merseyside


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The Very Group’s head office in Merseyside

The online retailer is headquartered at Shop Direct in Speke.

Its predecessor was Littlewoods Direct and since its launch in 2009 Very has become extremely popular.

It attracted celebrities, with TV presenters Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton creating both collections and appearing in advertisements. Former Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh also worked as a celebrity designer for the brand.

QVC



The Knowsley Business Park headquarters of teleshopping giant QVC


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The Knowsley Business Park headquarters of teleshopping giant QVC

The teleshopping channel is based in Knowsley Industrial Park near Kirkby.

Famous for its live product demonstrations on television, the company employs nearly 2,000 people at its call center and distribution warehouse in Merseyside (the broadcast takes place in London).

And if you’ve never known what QVC stands for, it’s Quality, Value, Convenience.

Renshaw (n at the beginning of all England marzipan)



Renshaw Baking Company in Liverpool and the manufacture of marzipan.  Photo by Colin Lane


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Renshaw Baking Company in Liverpool and the manufacture of marzipan. Photo by Colin Lane

The next time you enjoy a sweet marzipan-filled treat, chances are the marzipan was made near you.

Liverpool company Renshaw is said to make 90% of the country’s marzipan at its factory just off Upper Parliament Street.

The company was founded in 1885 by members of the Allmey and Layfield families. A century later it merged with London marzipan specialist Renshaw and all production moved to Liverpool in 1991.

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