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Grether's Pastilles

Our original recipe – perfection since 1850.

With tradition and taste

Grether’s Pastilles were first mentioned in 1850 and have had a remarkable history. The pastilles were first made from blackberry juice in England in the 19th century. The London-based family business Allen & Hanbury Ltd. laid the foundations for a long pastille tradition, which still continues to this day.

The intense-tasting pastilles, in their characteristic gold tin, became increasingly popular and, in 1910, found their way to Switzerland. When it came to a sore throat, hoarseness or a strained voice, the soothing blackcurrant pastilles were already indispensable there under the “Allenburys” name.

In the early 1930s, the Basel-based company Doetsch Grether AG secured the distribution rights and firmly established the traditional product on the Swiss market. After completely taking over the Allenburys Pastilles brand and transferring production to Switzerland, the brand was renamed Grether’s Pastilles in 1974, which also led to the logo and the tin being modified. The traditional production process involving gentle processing of selected pure natural raw ingredients has been preserved to this day. The same goes for all the other flavours and the sugar-free varieties.

The first new variety, Grether’s Pastilles Redcurrant, was launched in 1983. As part of the “light” trend of the 1990s, the original Blackcurrant pastilles were produced and sold in a sugar-free version for the first time. This sugar-free pastille was so popular that, four years later, the Redcurrant variety was also made sugar-free.

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