Fairy is a brand of washing-up liquid produced by Procter & Gamble in England. Fairy is also a longstanding brand of non-biological laundry detergent. Fairy was also a brand of a greeen household soap bar, but Proctor and Gamble have discontinued it.
Fairy Household Soap. No longer available in the UK and no longer made in the UK.
I note the bottle of fairy (‘Professional’) washing up liquid I picked up today (4.1.12) at work simply states “made in EU” on it but does not say where in the EU it was made. Rather uninformative and one can only assume this means it was not made in the UK 😦
The jubilee bottle below and the bottle of Fairy Liquid I have in the kitchen both state they are made in the UK. The bottles I saw today (5.1.12) in Waitrose stated they were made in the UK. I will not be buying any bottles of Fairy liquid that just say “made in EU”.
Procter & Gamble Co, also known as P&G, is an American multinational consumer goods company. Top marks to the company for maintaining some, not inconsiderable, production in the UK. “Procter & Gamble has been based in West Thurrock since 1937. Production at our factory began in September 1940 and the site has grown significantly over the years. Today, we manufacture Fabric & Home Care products such as Fairy washing-up liquid and Ariel, Bold, Fairy and Daz laundry detergent powders. P&G also has a Distribution Centre on site which manages across P&G’s total portfolio of products. We have 350 employees on site as well as hosting up to 800 contractors and third-party employees.” (January 2017).
Fairy Liquid Diamond Jubilee bottle, 5.6.12
I should also add that Unilever (British/Dutch company) produce detergent such as Persil and Surf in Warrington, Cheshire, as well as other Unilever products at various other locations in the UK. “Unilever is a British-Dutch multinational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. It is the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue, after Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.” “Unilever was founded in 1930 by the merger of the Dutch margarine producer Margarine Unie and the British soapmaker Lever Brothers.” Unilever has various manufacturing sites in the UK, for example food and drink factories in Norwich and Trafford Park. For example their factory in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire produces Marmite and Bovril; Pot Noodles are made in Crumlin, South Wales; PG Tips is made in Manchester in the former Brooke Bond factory in Trafford Park (the best selling tea brand was sold to Unilever in 1983); Colman’s Mustard has been based in Norfolk ever since Jeremiah Colman started his mustard and flour business in 1814 in Stoke Holy Cross. The company was bought by Unilever in 1995 and continues to be produced on the original site; Walls – the ice cream – is a subsidiary brand of Unilever, and some of its products are made in a purpose built factory in Gloucester, in the Cotswolds; and Elmlea, the cream alternative made from buttermilk and vegetable oil, is produced at Unilever’s food factory in Purfleet, Essex. Again, top marks to the company for maintaining some, not inconsiderable, production in the UK. Disappointingly, Unilever do not give country of origin information on either their website or on the products themselves.