— About Us
Hindley St Apothecary
Bickford’s products are all proudly Australian made at our premises north of Adelaide. It’s not far from where it all started way back in 1839, when William and Anne Bickford opened an apothecary on Hindley Street in the city of Adelaide. The business made and sold medicines and tonics as well as household items such as pickles, sauces and soaps. Bickford’s grew to become a thriving and respected family business.
From these beginnings, it’s only natural that the company maintained a passion for purity, quality and integrity when the focus shifted to cordial production in 1874. One of the earliest cordials made was the classic Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial. This remains one of our best sellers to this day.
The Start of Cordials
After William’s death, Anne Bickford and their children evolved the business, creating the first Bickford’s cordials and aerated waters. Lime Juice Cordial was one of the first products and remains a flagship of the Bickford’s range.
The Start of Coffee & Chicory Essence
Bickford’s Essence of Coffee and Chicory (now Bickford’s Iced Coffee Syrup) was released to instant success.
Bickford's Australia Growth
After several changes of ownership during the 20th century, Bickford’s was acquired by its current owner maintaining its long-held status as an Australian family-owned and managed business.
Bickford’s Lime Juice Cordial was recognised by the National Trust of South Australia as a Heritage Icon. The bottle has seen a few fashion changes over the decades, but now honours its heritage with the original shape. The label design has remained instantly recognisable across generations, and the unmistakeable flavour firmly holds its place in the hearts and minds of Australians.
The company today
Bickford’s is a family-owned business with a strong Australian heritage. We’re committed to bringing beverages of exceptional quality and flavour to Australian families. Today, this means continuing the proud tradition of perennial favourites that have delighted generations, alongside continual innovation to please the tastebuds and preferences of today.
At our purpose-built premises in Adelaide, we create our recipes and blend and bottle product on site. Combining the latest technologies with an old-fashioned commitment to quality and flavour, it’s all about bringing you the purest, most naturally delicious drinks possible.
The company today
Alongside the Bickford’s branded range, we craft a select range of other contemporary drinks, plus Bickford & Sons premium mixers.
Our sister company, VOK Beverages, produces a range of exceptional quality alcoholic beverages, and together we form the proudly Australian owned and operated Bickford’s Group.
Conducting business and ourselves with the highest possible standards of behaviour, ethics and propriety.
Encouraging team members to take initiative, make decisions, solve problems and improve performance.
Working as a true team across the Group and across multiple sites, none of us are as good as all of us
Being proud of what we do from individual contribution through to accomplishments of the group.
Each and every team member owning their actions and taking responsibility.
Our people are our most important and valuable asset. Bickford’s is deeply committed to providing a workplace that is challenging, enjoyable and rewarding for all. We value the contributions of each team member in a collaborative working environment.
Bickford’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, with policies and practices that promote respectful, fair and equitable treatment. We evolve as a business by valuing the diverse experiences and perspectives of our people.
Click below for current vacancies to join our team.