Thames and area were famous for the quality of many of their early cordials and soft drinks. Whether it was from confectioners such as Charles Palmer, Butement Brothers or Ballens.
Menzies, later Grey & Menzies a name well known and remembered by many Thames Valley residents today. Known for the famous 'Lemon & Paeroa' drink.
Ohinemuri Journal 14/10/1970 by Len Jones:
"Menzies and Company - Cordial Manufacturers, Francis Street, Paeroa; Head Office Thames. Branches at: Te Aroha, Waihi and Hamilton. The Paeroa branch of this firm's business was established in 1895 and is conducted in a wooden building opposite the Railway Station. The plant consists of a five horse power marine engine, a boiler and a full supply of aerated water and bottling machinery. The firm supplies the districts of Karangahake, Hikutaia, etc. Mr. E.C. Morgan is the manager at Paeroa. (Morgan Bros. had previously owned a similar business in Paeroa.)
|Poster: N. Z. PAEROA WATER New Zealand's Premier Natural Mineral Water PRODUCT OF GREY & MENZIES LTD. AUCKLAND. NEW ZEALAND|
Source: Auckland Weekly News 15 December 1937
'Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19371215-58-3 '