Dr. Welch

How it began

Welch's began life in 1869 in the small New Jersey kitchen of British dentist and physician, Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch. Looking to create a non-alcoholic altar wine for his fellow church parishioners, Dr Welch successfully utilised Louis Pasteur's famous theory to pasteurise US Concord grape juice and in the process, unknowingly opened the gateway for all fruit juice processing. Even today, fruit juice processors around the world continue to use the same principles that Dr. Welch applied over 140 years ago.

As grape juice grew in popularity, so did the demand for Welch's products. In a landmark moment in 1893, grape juice was sampled at the Chicago World Fair and became a national favourite. Following this, Dr. Charles E. Welch, son of Welch's founder, discontinued his dentistry practice to give full attention to the marketing of grape juice. The company went from strength-to-strength and in 1952 was sold to The National Grape Co-operative Association.

Today Welch's is the world's leading producer of Concord and Niagara-based grape products. We have over 400 items ranging from refrigerated juices and sparkling juice cocktails to jams, jellies and a variety of single-serve products in all shapes and sizes, available in more than 50 countries world-wide.

Welch's Purple Grape Juice gains seal of approval from HEART UK

H•E•A•R•T UK, a leading cholesterol charity, has officially recognised Welch's Purple Grape Juice for its abundant antioxidant properties and role in promoting heart health. It is the first time a 100% pure and unsweetened juice has received the coveted H•E•A•R•T UK approval.

The recognition by H•E•A•R•T UK follows review of the growing body of data on Welch's Purple Grape Juice which shows many potential health benefits. Research supports drinking American Concord Purple Grape Juice to help promote a healthy heart and healthy arteries. Preliminary research suggests it promotes heart and arterial health in part by protecting LDL, or ‘bad', cholesterol from harmful interaction with free radicals to slow oxidation . Many researchers believe this oxidation of LDL cholesterol contributes to the build-up of plaque in the arteries. Research supports the fact that Welch's Purple Grape Juice not only has potent antioxidant capacity in vivo but in the body as well.