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Original Products celebrates 70 years

Jeray Original Products is celebrating seven decades, looking back over an impressive archive of images.

Above: Founder Ray Spencer (left) with his brother Harry outside the Baker Street office in the 1950s.
Above: Founder Ray Spencer (left) with his brother Harry outside the Baker Street office in the 1950s.

“We’re proud to be celebrating our 70th anniversary of supplying home barware and giftware to the retail trade across Europe,” states managing director Paul Spencer.

Above: 1960s catalogue showing the iconic Pineapple Ice Bucket.
Above: 1960s catalogue showing the iconic Pineapple Ice Bucket.

“From our iconic pink elephant drink cooler and pineapple ice bucket to unique glassware and cocktail accessories we have always been at the forefront of the latest trends. Our Canadian partners Final Touch add a comprehensive range of premium drinkware while our integration of Oliphant extends the catalogue with fun, home-designed gift solutions.”

Above: Flyer from the 1970s showing the company’s large range of cocktail products.
Above: Flyer from the 1970s showing the company’s large range of cocktail products.

Paul reflects: “We have seen a lot of drink trends come and go; three cocktail booms are just one example!”

Above: Classic racking at a 1970s trade show.
Above: Classic racking at a 1970s trade show.
Above: Ray working behind the bar at Harrogate in the 1980s.
Above: Ray working behind the bar at Harrogate in the 1980s.

Paul reports that Original Product’s top 20 list by value for 2021 “is still filled with our classic decanters, ever-popular bottle wrap, drying rack, electric corkscrew and the iconic pineapple ice bucket.”

Above: Flyer from the 80s showing the famous drink coolers: 60 million units and counting!
Above: Flyer from the 80s showing the famous drink coolers: 60 million units and counting!

Paul also acknowledges: “So far in 2022, it is distinctive glassware such as our Ship or Shark in a Glass (a Gift of the Year finalist), Cactus Shots and Smoking Pipe Glasses that have gained publicity, with some exciting whisky accessories to follow.”

Above: Ray and son Paul shaking cocktails like it’s 1999.
Above: Ray and son Paul shaking cocktails like it’s 1999.

Recognising the current home bar boom, Paul enthuses: “Cocktails are certainly on trend now and we’ll be launching both classic and fun accessories for autumn.”

 

Top: Paul Spencer, md of Jeray Original Products and colleague Jed Lowe accepting the Queen’s Award for Export in 2019.

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