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A Brief History of Caley’s of Norwich
|1857||Albert Jarman Caley opened a chemist’s business in London Street, Norwich.|
|1863||He began manufacture of mineral waters in the cellars of his business.|
|1864||Additional premises taken in Bedford Street, Norwich.|
|1880||A mineral water factory opened in Chapel Field East, Norwich using water from two deep artesian wells.|
|Drinking Chocolate manufacture commenced
Eating Chocolate manufacture commenced.
|1894||A.J. Caley retired – he was succeeded by his son Edward and nephews Frederick and Stuart.|
|1896 onwards||Alfred Munnings (later Sir Alfred Munnings, President of the Royal Academy and one of East Anglia’s leading artists) designed most of Caley’s advertising materials|
|1898||Christmas cracker manufacture commenced.
Joint stock company A.J. Caley & Sons Ltd. formed.
|1914-18||Caley’s Marching Chocolate™ issued to British troops in World War I – it was know as “Marcho”.|
|1920’s onwards||Caley’s Marching Chocolate™ highly popular with sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts.|
|1932||John Mackintosh & Sons Ltd. of Halifax acquired Caley’s.
Caley’s brand name used until early 1960’s.
|1932||Royal Warrant granted by Queen Mary.|
|1941||First documented manufacture of ‘Cocoa Rich’ Milk Marching Chocolate™.|
|Caley’s Norwich factory destroyed by enemy bombing.
Factory re – opened after reconstruction.
|1969||Mackintosh’s merged with Rowntree to form Rowntree Mackintosh.|
|1988||Nestlé acquired Rowntree Mackintosh.|
|1994||Nestlé announced closure of Norwich factory.|
|1996||3 former executives acquired Caley’s brand plus production equipment from Nestlé and formed Caley’s of Norwich Ltd.|
|1997||Caley’s Plain Marching Chocolate reintroduced.|
|1998||Caley’s Milk Marching Chocolate reintroduced.|
|1999||Caley’s becomes part of the Unicheq Group in order to expand nationally.|
|1999||Caley’s hot chocolate drinks introduced.|
|2002||Caley’s open Cocoa Cafe in the Historic Guildhall in Norwich.|
|2005||Fairtrade range of hot chocolate drinks introduced.|
|2005||Caley’s and Norwich Union team up to make Norwich a Fairtrade City.|
|2006||Fairtrade range of chocolate bars introduced.|
|2008||Caley’s partners with Help for Heroes charity to launch 2 chocolate bars and an instant hot chocolate drink. Every purchase generates a donation to the charity.|