Whitbreads' is a family owned business providing local hand-crafted soft drinks and cordials to the community of Charters Towers, Townsville and Tropical North Queensland since 1896.
North Queensland based Whitbreads’ supplies soft drinks, cordials, slushie machines, ice and refrigerator hire to the community of Charters Towers and the ever growing Townsville region. Whitbreads’ iconic brand is the only rural and remote distributor of soft drinks and cordials north of Bundaberg.
Whitbreads’ Sparkling Drinks dates back 120 years to the gold mining boom in the late 1800’s. In this era, carbonated drinks companies were in abundance, today only Whitbreads’ remains. The business has a rich family tradition and pride themselves on providing quality soft drinks and cordials year after year, decade after decade, hand crafted from their original recipes.
In 2011, John Whitbread sold the business to Ian and Debbie Urquhart. The couple relocated the company from the original location on the corner of York St & Millchester Rd, Queenton. To the current Whitbreads’ grounds, 11 Chapel Lane, Charters Towers.
As lifelong long Charters Towers locals, Ian and Debbie Urquhart have strong family ties to the business. Today, they continue to uphold the historical connections and traditional reputation with the Tropical North Queensland and Charters Towers regional communities.
North Queenslanders both young and old connect with Whitbreads’ iconic soft drinks and cordials. Whether they’re returning to their hometown or stopping at their local servo, Whitbreads’ is a trusted local brand. The range of flavours transport you to a simpler time, bringing you back home to Tropical North Queensland.
Whitbreads’ soft drinks and cordial manufacturing has been part of Charters Towers DNA for well over 120 years. The company is one of a handful of fully operational soft drink and cordial factories left in Australia.