For those of you out there who wonder where the name Bonzer® came from…
Mitchell & Cooper started life as an engraving and silversmith business back in 1879 in Farringdon London, before branching out into the manufacture of catering equipment in the 1920’s producing the first commercial British Ice Cream Portioner. It was during a particular chance meeting with an Aussie who took a liking to the British Ice Cream Portioner that Bonzer® was born
as he exclaimed “Crikey, that’s a Bonzer Product!!” During the1920’s – 50’s Bonzer® continued to design and manufacture catering equipment including bread slicers for the Ministry of Defense,
beer pumps and back bar lines including the industry recognised Bonzer® Hawthorne Strainer. The Bonzer® name became synonymous with bar equipment after the prohibition.
In 1977 Tony Cooper, grandson of the founder Arthur Cooper moved the business and manufacturing plant down to Sussex where he converted an old laundry. In doing so he increased the manufacturing capabilities by investing in tooling & product development. Whilst continuing to develop their own Bonzer® products in the 1980’s Mitchell & Cooper, also introduced for the first time a distributed line of imported products to sit alongside and complement the Bonzer® range. Throughout this time Bonzer® was probably best known as the home of the Bonzer® Can Opener, (the one with the red k**b!), which was launched in 1940’s and which we are proud to say, is still manufactured in Britain today at the company’s base in Sussex.
The period between 1980’s to the turn of the millennium saw further development of the portioners and can openers and a SMART award for Product Development for the Rotameasure. In 2006 Caterer and Hotelkeeper awarded Mitchell & Cooper an Excellence award in recognition of the Bonzer® Can Opener. 2010 saw the launch of the new Bonzer®
Black Range of can openers, along with the launch of the new the Bonzer® Cup Dispensers and Hexdome. Mitchell and Cooper remains to be a family run enterprise, and maintains
the associated customer benefits that this brings. We hope that you will join us in celebrating 134 years of Mitchell & Cooper and 86 years of Bonzer® as we continue to support you throughout 2013/14 and beyond.
The Bonzer® Team