I did a double take when I spotted these vintage SodaStream bottles, first of all because I was excited to find a set of bottles still in their original packaging, but also because of the Kenwood branding – I had no idea that Kenwood ever made SoadStream machines, or bottles for that matter!
It seems that the SodaStream brand has had a long and complicated life, starting out in the UK in 1903 as a product of W & A Gilbey Ltd, a famous London Gin distiller, then being bought out by Cadbury Schweppes in 1985, before moving over to Israel when they merged with Soda-Club in the mid ’90s, and finally landing up in America when PepsiCo bought the company just last year! So there you go!
Our bottles, which form part of the UK story, seem to date to the late 1970s when Kenwood were working in partnership with SodaStream. Because of their age, there’s some slight yellowing to one or two of the lids, and the box is a little grubby and sad looking, but otherwise they’re pretty much ‘as new’. Obviously they won’t fit the new SodaStream machines which are much more space-agey, but they’re great for keeping in the door of your fridge – you can grab a bottle as you leave the house, and because they’re a bit smaller than the contemporary plastic versions, they’ll fit easily in your handbag or drinks holder – super handy, and with a great story too!
Dimensions: Each bottle measures 21cm tall x 5cm in diameter