Brief History of Breville

According to Wikipedia, Breville is a maker of small kitchen appliances, founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1932.[1] They created the original sandwich toaster, a small household appliance that makes toasted sandwiches. The name is often synonymous with such devices - to the point where "Breville" has become the generic word for a sandwich toaster in much the same way that "Hoover" is associated with the vacuum cleaner.

In 1932, Bill O'Brien and Harry Norville mixed their last names together and the Breville brand was created. They started off making radios, then mine detectors for the war.  After World War II and the commencement of television transmission in Australia in 1956, they turned their attentions to small appliances.  Also, they commenced manufacturing television sets under the Precedent brand name. The television business was sold to electronic Industries Limited in 1968.

After Bill O'Brien had set up the Breville Research and Development center in the 1960s the ideas just kept coming. In 1974, they developed the toastie maker. In 1977, they invented Australia's first food processor, the Breville Kitchen Wizz. Breville's Centre of Design Excellence is in Botany in Sydney. Now Breville is a well trusted brand.

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