Fisherman's Friend

Fisherman's Friend are strong menthol lozenges produced in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.

Fisherman's Friend were originally developed by a young pharmacist named James Lofthouse in 1865 to relieve various respiratory problems suffered by fishermen working in the extreme conditions of the Icelandic deep-sea fishing grounds. Originally developed as an extremely strong liquid remedy containing menthol and eucalyptus oil, Lofthouse made this liquid into small lozenges which were easier to transport and to administer. According to the manufacturer, the fishermen soon began to refer to the lozenges as their "friends", hence the name. The lozenges exist in their current form relatively unchanged since their creation. The lozenges still come in their famous paper packets, although these are now foil-lined and sometimes packaged inside a cardboard carton.

Ingredients

Original Lozenges contain the following ingredients as listed:
*Sugar
*Liquorice
*Edible Starch
*Edible Gum
*Menthol (0.9%)
*Eucalyptus Oil (0.15%)
*Capsicum TinctureIt also bears the statement that it contains only natural ingredients and that no preservatives are added.

Availability

Fisherman's Friend are now available in over a hundred countries, in a variety of flavours, some of which are only available in certain countries. Lofthouse do provide a mail order service allowing UK residents to obtain some of the more exotic or difficult to find flavours. Some flavours are sugar-free, for which the bags are striped:
*Original Extra Strong
*Aniseed
*Super Strong Mint
*Sugar-free (using sorbitol)
**Original Low Sugar
**Citrus
**Lemon
**Blackcurrant
**Fresh Mint
**Mint
**Apple and Cinnamon
**Strong Salmiak (Selected European Markets)
**Cherry
**Spicy Mandarin
**Cool Cassis

The manufacturers have won the Queen's Award to Industry for Export Achievement three times. Fisherman's Friend lozenges are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

The Fisherman's Friends

A group of eleven Cornish fishermen from Port Isaac regularly perform a cappella sea shanties under the name of "The Fisherman's Friends", and have released an album entitled "Suck 'Em and Sea". [ [http://www.thescuppers.co.uk/aboutpi.htm The Scuppers, Port Isaac, Cornwall ] ]

ee also

*Altoids
*Victory V
*List of breath mints

External links

* [http://www.fishermansfriend.com/ Official website]
* [http://www.fishermansfriend.co.uk/ UK homepage]
* [http://www.fishermansfriend.de German website]

References


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