Heritage

1865

1967

1972

1974

1983

2000

2014




1865
In the beginning…


Fleetwood pharmacist James Lofthouse develops a menthol and eucalyptus liquid for fishermen in Fleetwood to take with them on stormy and freezing trips into the North Atlantic. It delivers instant relief from problems caused by the prolonged exposure to hostile conditions.

Due to the difficulty of taking the liquid in glass bottles onto choppy high seas, James makes a lozenge from the liquid that the fishermen can take instead. Sales are pretty much stable for a century until...



Boat at Sea

1950 - 1999





1967
By popular demand

 

In response to letters from holidaymakers who have visited Blackpool and Fleetwood, the Lofthouse family recognised the huge potential of Fisherman’s Friend, and start selling to shops in surrounding towns in the North West from their van.

 

Chemist Store

 


Fisherman's Friend Lozenges

1972
On the move

As demand increases, packaging of Fisherman’s Friend is moved to a newly converted tram house in Fleetwood. The new packaging in black and red reflects the historic typewritten labels of the brand (so produced due to having both colors on the typewriter, and not wanting to waste the red ribbon).

1974
Full steam ahead


Fisherman’s Friends are exported for the first time, to Belgium and Norway.


Fisherman's Friend Extra Strong Lozenges



Fisherman's Friend Canadian Building

1983
A royal seal of approval


Fisherman’s Friend is awarded The Queen’s Award for Exports. Over the next few years, they go on to win another two Awards, making Fisherman’s Friend the only UK confectionery company to win three times!



1999 - Present



2000
Growing from strength to strength

By 2000 the Fisherman’s Friend factory in Fleetwood has expanded to 600,000 sq ft. In 1980 it was 34,700 sq ft.



2014
On the rise

Fisherman’s Friend remains a family business, producing over 5 billion lozenges a year.


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