The Harkness family established a soft drinks business, Braid Mineral Water Co., in Ballymena in 1919. The founder’s son, John Harkness, decided to branch out on his own in 1949 and formed Maine Soft Drinks. In 1959 the business relocated to its current premises in Ballymoney. It is known locally as ‘The Maine Factory’.
The company is still owned by the Harkness family and is now into its 4th generation.
For many years the business focused on household deliveries and ‘The Maine Man’ and his delivery van has been well known throughout Northern Ireland. Favourite flavours in glass bottles include Sarsaparilla, Brown Lemonade and Cloudy Limeade.
The company has expanded and branched out in different ways including supplying to supermarkets and contact bottling. We are also exporting to various companies on the UK Mainland.
Doorstep deliveries are still popular today with many households receiving regular orders of our lemonade in returnable glass bottles.